Daily Tidbits 3/25 – Annunciation

The Annunciation - Henry Ossawa Tanner
The Annunciation – Henry Ossawa Tanner

On March 25th, the Feast of Annunciation is celebrated by many believers around the world.  It is the remembrance of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to Mary that she would bring forth a son and consequently the date in which it is believed Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Luk 1:26  And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
Luk 1:27  to a virgin who had been betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
Luk 1:28  And entering, the angel said to her, Hail, one having received grace! The Lord is with you. You are blessed among women!
Luk 1:29  And seeing this, she was disturbed at his word, and considered what kind of greeting this might be.
Luk 1:30  And the angel said to her, Do not fear, Mary, for you have found favor from God.
Luk 1:31  And behold! You will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you will call His name Jesus.
Luk 1:32  This One will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
Luk 1:33  And He will reign over the house of Jacob to the ages, and of His kingdom there will be no end.
Luk 1:34  But Mary said to the angel, How will this be since I do not know a man?
Luk 1:35  And answering, the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, and for this reason that Holy One being born of you will be called Son of God.

Annunciation comes from the Old French ‘anonciacion’ which means to announce.  Announce in Middle English was ‘beden’ from whence comes the modern word ‘bid.’

‘Beden’ traces back to the Hebrew word בטא ‘bata’ which means to utter or pronounce/announce.  It is fascinating to note that the Hebrew word for belly בטן ‘beten’ and virgin בתל ‘batal’ both come from this root word.

Another Hebrew word related to announcing is קול ‘qol’ which means a voice.

The Voice of God

The Hebrew word translated as ‘voice’ comes from:

The Spirit of God hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:2) is connected to the Voice of God over the waters.  Here the imagery connects the bird overshadowing/covering her brood with the Shepherd {קל ‘qol’} and his flock.

Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved {רחף ‘rachaph’} upon the face of the waters.

רחף ‘rachaph’ comes from the root word חף ‘chaph’ which literally pictures a bird overshadowing her chicks.  The Spirit overshadowing the waters in the beginning picture the Spirit overshadowing the Virgin Mary.

In Genesis 1:2 a shadow picture of Messiah gathering His people is seen.  Waters in the Scriptures is used as a type for people (Psalm 65:7).  Here a picture of Messiah hovering/covering His people and on day 3 the dry land appears.  This is a shadow picture of the resurrection.  The number 3 and resurrection is a sign of the Messiah in Scriptures.  We are His Body and therefore will also be resurrected on the ’3rd day’ (Hosea 6:2).

The Spirit is likened to a dove at the baptism of Christ.  Baptism is a symbol of rebirth, hence the Spirit/Dove is linked to rebirth and resurrection.

Luk 3:21  And it happened, in the baptizing of all the people, Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened;
Luk 3:22  and the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily form as a dove upon Him. And there was a voice out of Heaven, saying, You are My Son, the Beloved; in You I have been delighting. Psa. 2:7; Gen 22:2; Isa. 42:1

The Creation

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth;
Gen 1:2  and the earth being without form and empty, and darkness on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moving gently on the face of the waters,

A replay of this was seen when the virgin Mary conceived and brought forth the Messiah…the Light of the world.  The Spirit hovered over her ‘waters/womb’, the Seed (the Word) was implanted and she brought forth the Tree of Life.

Luk 1:35  And answering, the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, and for this reason that Holy One being born of you will be called Son of God.

Psa 139:13  For You have possessed my inward parts; You wove me in the womb of my mother.
Psa 139:14  I will thank You, for with awesome ways I am distinguished; Your works are marvelous, and my soul knows it very well.
Psa 139:15  My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret; when I was woven in the depths of the earth.

Here we seen that the womb is likened to the earth.  In Hebraic thought, the womb is also likened to waters.

The Mystery of the Mem

Water
In ancient Hebrew thought, the letter Mem symbolizes water. In fact, its name is derived from the Hebrew word for water, mayim. The connection of Mem to water is very significant given the other concepts with which the letter is interconnected.

The Number 40
Each Hebrew letter has a numerical value. The value of Mem is 40. This is significant in several ways:

1. The number 40 appears numerous times in both the Old and New Testaments connected to the concepts cleansing or refining. Two such examples are the flood of Noah and the temptation of Jesus. Furthermore, many of these accounts that mention 40 are closely associated with water. Noah’s flood was a massive cleansing by water, and Jesus’ temptation took place immediately after he was baptized in the Jordan river.

2. The Mikvah, or Hebrew ritual immersion must contain at least 40 sa’ahs of water (about 200 gallons) to be a mikvah. Thus the number 40 and the concept of water again connect the idea of cleansing intimately to the letter Mem.

A Womb and a Tomb
Mem is already associated with water and cleansing, but the depth of symbolism goes even further. In both Jewish and Christian understanding, immersion/baptism is a place of death and rebirth. Our old self dies, and our we are born again, clean and renewed. As if this simple symbolism were not enough, the letter Mem literally illustrates this concept.

There are two forms of the letter Mem, one used at the beginning or middle of words (open), and one only used to end a word (closed).

This concept of the letter Mem being a picture of the womb, reveals an important mystery of the Messiah being born from a virgin (closed womb/mem).

Isa 7:14  So, The Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold! The virgin will conceive and will bring forth a son; and she shall call His name Immanuel.
Isa 9:6  For a Child is born; to us a Son is given; and the government is on His shoulder; and His name is called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7  There is no end to the increase of His government and of peace on the throne of David, and on His kingdom, to order it, and to sustain it with justice and with righteousness, from now and forever. The zeal of Jehovah of Hosts will do this.

In the Hebrew text an amazing mystery is revealed showing that the Prince of peace will come from the closed womb.  The closed ם ‘mem’ should only occur at the end of a word, but in the text it occurs in the middle.  This is the only time in Scripture that this happens.

In Genesis 8, Noah sends forth a dove when the waters had subsided enough for the earth to be seen.  This too, is a symbol of rebirth.

All throughout Scripture, the number 3 is associated with resurrection as can be seen in the Book of Jonah and the resurrection of Messiah for examples.  On the third day, the earth came forth out of the waters and brought forth life.

Gen 1:9  And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be collected to one place, and let the dry land appear. And it was so.
Gen 1:10  And God called the dry land, Earth. And He called the collection of the waters, Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:11  And God said, Let the earth sprout tender sprouts, the plant seeding seed, the fruit tree producing fruit according to its kind, whichever seed is in it on the earth. And it was so.
Gen 1:12  And the earth bore tender sprouts, the plant seeding seed according to its kind, and the fruit tree producing fruit according to its kind, whichever seed is in it. And God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:13  And there was evening, and there was morning the third day.

The Spirit is linked with rebirth

1Pe 3:18  Because even Christ once suffered concerning sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God; indeed being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;
Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of the One having raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the One having raised the Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies live through the indwelling of His Spirit in you.

Born Again from Above by the Spirit/Word

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Joh 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Joh 3:8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

 

Tit 3:5 He saved us, not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His compassion, through the washing of rebirth, and renewal by the Set-apart Spirit,
1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1Jo 3:9  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Jam 1:18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Jas 1:21  On account of this, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of evil, in meekness receive the implanted Word being able to save your souls.

Jonah’s name, who was ‘resurrected’ after 3 days and nights in the belly of the fish, means a dove.  Again the link between the Spirit and rebirth.

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yônâh
BDB Definition:
Jonah = “dove” יונה

Gen 1:3  then God said, Let light be! And there was light.

Light & the Word

Torah/Word is Light
Pro 6:23  For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
Psa 119:105  NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Wis 18:4  For they were worthy to be deprived of light and imprisoned in darkness, who had kept thy sons shut up, by whom the uncorrupt light of the law was to be given unto the world.
Bar 4:1  This is the book of the commandments of God, and the law that endureth for ever: all they that keep it shall come to life; but such as leave it shall die.
Bar 4:2  Turn thee, O Jacob, and take hold of it: walk in the presence of the light thereof, that thou mayest be illuminated.

By looking at the numerical value of the phrase ‘let there be light’ we see another connection to the Word

Light

WISDOM/SPIRIT

Wis 7:24  For wisdom is more moving than any motion: she passeth and goeth through all things by reason of her pureness.
Wis 7:25  For she is the breath of the power of God, and a pure influence flowing from the glory of the Almighty: therefore can no defiled thing fall into her.
Wis 7:26  For she is the brightness of the everlasting light, the unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of his goodness.

Jesus is THE Light
Isa 9:2  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Joh 1:9  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Joh 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Joh 9:5  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Joh 12:46  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Torah and Testimony
Isa 8:20  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Isa 60:1  Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of Jehovah has risen on you!
Isa 60:2  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples. But Jehovah shall rise on you, and His glory shall be seen on you.

Order is associated in the Hebrew language with the “Word” and “Light.”  Both are pointing to Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh, the Light of the world (John 1:1-14; 8:12).

The Hebrew words for ‘light’ and ‘word’ are similar in that they have the same meaning of order.

Light comes from the following root word:

Word comes from the following root word:

The English word order comes from the Latin ‘ordo.’  Tracing this word back in the Latin Vulgate brings forth an interesting connection to the concept of light being order.

Job speaks of death/hell as a land of darkness without order.  Is this the true meaning of ‘hell on earth’.  No order.  No light.  No relationship with God?

Job 10:21  before I go; and I shall not return; to the land of darkness, and the shadow of death;
Job 10:22  a land of obscurity, the darkness of the shadow of death, and without any order (Latin ‘ordo’ Hebrew סדר ‘seder’); even the shining is as darkness.

 

This is what the ‘new world order’ is.  It is a false light/order which in reality is pure darkness.  Interestingly, Lucifer means light bearer/bringer but in reality is the bringer of darkness and lawlessness.  This is what Messiah spoke of:

Mat 6:23  But if your eye is evil, all your body is dark. If, then, the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Psa 43:3  O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

The entering of His Words brings forth Light

Psa 119:130  The entering of Your Word gives light, giving discernment to the simple.

As seen above, the Spirit hovering over the waters connects to the Spirit hovering over the womb of the Virgin Mary which led to her giving birth to the Messiah, the Light of the world.  His body, the ‘manchild’ is born in the same manner as seen in Revelation 12.  Revelation 12 shows the birth of Messiah and the birth of His Body/Bride/Manchild/Zion.  Zion is a people (Isaiah 51:16), Zion is a land (Psalm 48), a city on a hill bringing forth the Light (Matthew 5:14).  The earth came forth from the waters on day 3, Messiah was resurrected on the 3rd day (Matthew 12:40), His people are raised up on the 3rd day (Hosea 6:3).

The earth comes out of the water with 7 land masses, Jerusalem is a land with 7 mountains (1 Enoch 17:6-8).  His body, pictured by the Menorah has 7 branches, the Messiah was anointed with the 7 Spirits of God (Revelation 5:6; Isaiah 11:1-3).  Going back to Genesis 1:1 and the enlarged Bet, it is certainly seen that the desire of the Most High in creating the universe was to build a house for to dwell with His bride.

March 25 – Conception of Jesus

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“Around 200 A.D., Tertullian of Carthage reported the calculation that the 14th of Nisan in the year Jesus died was the equivalent to March 25 in the Roman calendar,” said Andrew McGowan last year at the Biblical Archaeology Society. That would be the day of Crucifixion. The math from there is rather simple. Nine months later would be Dec. 25. Early church history held as fact that the prophets and martyrs of the church were conceived on the day they died. So if Christ died on March 25, it was also the anniversary of his conception.”

Saint Augustine confirms this tradition of March 25 as the Messianic conception and December 25 as His birth:

“For Christ is believed to have been conceived on the 25th of March, upon which day also he suffered; so the womb of the Virgin, in which he was conceived, where no one of mortals was begotten, corresponds to the new grave in which he was buried, wherein was never man laid, neither before him nor since. But he was born, according to tradition, upon December the 25th.”

Shortly thereafter in the second century, Saint Hippolytus (A.D. 170-240) wrote in passing that the birth of Christ occurred on December 25:

“The First Advent of our Lord in the flesh occurred when He was born in Bethlehem, was December 25th, a Wednesday, while Augustus was in his forty-second year, which is five thousand and five hundred years from Adam. He suffered in the thirty-third year, March 25th, Friday, the eighteenth year of Tiberius Caesar, while Rufus and Roubellion were Consuls.”

Also note in the quote above the special significance of March 25, which marks the death of Christ (March 25 was assumed to corresponded to the Hebrew month Nisan 14 – the traditional date of crucifixion).[viii] Christ, as the perfect man, was believed to have been conceived and died on the same day—March 25. In his Chronicon, Saint Hippolytus states that the earth was created on March 25, 5500 B.C.  Thus, March 25 was identified by the Church Fathers as the Creation date of the universe, as the date of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Christ, and also as the date of the Death of Christ our Savior.

In the Syrian Church, March 25 or the Feast of the Annunciation was seen as one of the most important feasts of the entire year. It denoted the day that God took up his abode in the womb of the Virgin. In fact, if the Annunciation and Good Friday came into conflict on the calendar, the Annunciation trumped it, so important was the day in Syrian tradition. It goes without saying that the Syrian Church preserved some of the most ancient Christian traditions and had a sweet and profound devotion for Mary and the Incarnation of Christ.

“Now then, March 25 was enshrined in the early Christian tradition, and from this date it is easy to discern the date of Christ’s birth. March 25 (Christ conceived by the Holy Ghost) plus nine months brings us to December 25 (the birth of Christ at Bethlehem).”  {How December 25 Became Christmas}

March 25th was the date of the Vernal Equinox during the days of Jesus.  The Vernal Equinox begins the season of Spring which pictures life from the dead, an apt time for the Savior to be conceived, crucified and resurrected.

Shadows of Messiah – Spring

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