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WHAT DID THE APOSTLES SAY?

 
The Apostle Peter explained to the Jews:
 
"Men, brethren, let me tell you openly about father David ... So, since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him that his offspring (literally: 'the fruit of his hips') would sit on his throne." (Acts 2: 29,30)
 
Here Peter quotes the words of God from the Hebrew scriptures. From Peter's words we can see that every "descendant" of David - from Solomon to Jesus - was the fruit of David's hips. These hips, containing David's hereditary seed, were all transferred to the next male offspring until Joseph, the father of Jesus. Only through Joseph, as legal representative of the royal lineage of David, could God create a 'fruit of David's hips' in the womb of a woman, in order to a son of David to be born. Jesus did not tell anyone or even the apostles that he had been adopted. So Peter said to the Jews,
 
"From [David's, that is, man's] seed (Greek spermatos), God by his promise brought Israel a savior, Jesus." (Acts 13:23)
  • 'From David's male offspring God brought Israel a savior'
Jesus was to represent God as the Son and serve God as the Servant to save Israel through him (who also represented God as the Son and was the Servant for God's purposes) (Genesis 4:22; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 12:18; Acts 3:13) Paul wrote about the good news ...
 
“… Which God promised beforehand through his prophets in the scriptures, concerning his Son (his Servant), who, according to the (man’s) seed (Greek “spermatos”), is the fleshly offspring of David…” (Rom. 1:1-3)
 
A direct translation from Greek reads:
 
"... concerning his Son, his servant, who came from the seed of David according to the flesh."
 
Jesus is not said to have come from the blood of a woman by the flesh, but from a man's 'seed'. This 'seed' could only have come from the hips of his father Joseph so Jesus is 'the fruit of his hips'. Jesus was, like any other human
 
“born of a woman” (Galatians 4:4)
 
It simply means to be conceived and born like any other son of man. The body involves sexual reproduction or reproduction through the 'seed' from the 'thighs' of the father in the mother's womb. Combining Paul's words from the two quotes above, one would think that Jesus was "born of a woman by the seed of the son of David." There is no other or different explanation, nor did any of the apostles, in their own words, come out of these frames. Paul understood that Jesus, according to Joseph, was a descendant of David because he could only be an Israelite by his own fathers, so he said:
 
"For I am also an Israelite, of the seed (spermatos; male offspring) of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin." (Rom. 11: 1)
 
Although various theologians teach that Paul advocated the heavenly origin of Jesus, this cannot be true because they neglected his deep-thinking and figurative style of expression with a symbolic meaning. They also neglected that Paul said to Timothy:
 
"Remember that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and was from the seed (spermatos - male offspring) of David - this is good news that I preach." (2 Timothy 2:8)
 
What did Paul preach about Jesus? Just what was meant by the term ‘seed of David’. Interestingly, Paul never preached the conception of Jesus without the father's seed, nor did he tell others that Jesus was descended from God, heaven, or some other 'seed'. In Jesus' birth, mothers are included in the womb…
 
"... the forefathers, and from them, through the flesh, [through the seed of man] came Christ" (Romans 9:5)
 
The line of (fore)fathers ends with Joseph, the father of Jesus in the flesh, and not with the maternal grandfather of Jesus. Although the story of the virgin conception excluded Joseph (the father), we now see that he should be included in the story. So now we have two views on this conception:
  1. the virgin conception without the father's seed
  2. the virgin conception with the father's seed
This second view has not been presented in this way so far. So, we wonder how David's seed fertilized Mary if it wasn't done naturally? Although we can already anticipate the answer, it will be interesting to consider the situation in which Joseph and Mary found themselves when (in this story) they were confronted with what was to happen in their marriage.