A Lingering Question About Jesus
By Apolinario Villalobos
My favorite pages of the Bible are those about the Old Testament because of their historical content. I also like the New Testament which tackle values , development of Christianity, Jesus and His works. It’s about love of God, love of fellowmen, faith in God, etc., that need to be practiced, an expectation that unfortunately, failed, somehow.
There is just one question about Jesus that has been bugging me – his genetic lineage. According to prophesy,the Messiah shall come from the House of David. Josephis only a “foster” father of Jesus. So, though, Joseph belonged to the House of David, Jesus, genetically does not. Jesus was broughtinto the world through virgin birth, that of Mary. But Mary does not belong to the House of David. In other words, Jesus does not belong to the House of David. To simplify the explanation, the Vatican just emphasized the whole thing as a miracle, and that, Joseph is presented as the “father” of Jesus, to complete the picture of the Holy Family. For the faithful, no question should be asked when miracle is used as an explanation.
In the first place, there could have been no question if the writer of the particular chapter in the Bible dealing on the prophesy about the messiah, just espoused the miracle of the virgin birth and understated his coming from the house of David. The faithful I suppose are willing to accept it just like the rest of the miracles. It seems something is lacking in the way the prophesy has been written. The prophet who announced the coming of the messiah should know about it, because the message came from the all- knowing God, or there should have been some kind of a “by the way” about the messiah’s adoption by a foster father. In my simple mind, perhaps, the writer mentioned the “House of David” to inject an image of royalty to the messiah, though, born in a manger to portrait humility. Such an implied intention, if ever, is a deceptive ploy of the writer which drained down to the Vatican which is now submerged in a thick muck of controversies.