The Good News – Birth of Yochanan and Heralding of Yahushua
But the birth of Yahushua Messiah was as follows:
And in the sixth month the messenger Gavri’el was sent by Elohim to a city of Galil named Natsareth, to a maiden engaged to a man whose name was Yoseph, of the house of Dawid. And the maiden’s name was Miryam. After His mother Miryam was engaged to Yoseph, before they came together, she was found to be pregnant from the Set-apart Spirit.
And the messenger, coming to her, said, “Greetings, favoured one, the Master is with you. Blessed are you among women!”
But she was greatly disturbed at his word, and wondered what kind of greeting this was. And the messenger said to her, “Do not be afraid, Miryam, for you have found favour with Elohim. “And see, you shall conceive in your womb, and shall give birth to a Son, and call His Name Yahushua. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And Yahweh Elohim shall give Him the throne of His father Dawid. And He shall reign over the house of Ya’aqov forever, and there shall be no end to His reign.”
And Miryam said to the messenger, “How shall this be, since I do not know a man?”
And the messenger answering, said to her, “The Set-apart Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you. And for that reason the Set-apart One born of you shall be called: Son of Elohim. And see, Elisheva your relative, she has also conceived a son in her old age. And this is now the sixth month to her who was called barren, because with Elohim no matter shall be impossible.”
And Miryam said, “See the female servant of Yahweh! Let it be to me according to your word.”
And the messenger went away from her. And Miryam arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Yehudah, and entered into the house of Zekharyah and greeted Elisheva. And it came to be, when Elisheva heard the greeting of Miryam, that the baby leaped in her womb. And Elisheva was filled with the Set-apart Spirit, and called out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And who am I, that the mother of my Master should come to me? For look, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”
“Blessed is she who believed, for that which Yahweh has said to her shall be accomplished!”
And Miryam said, “My being makes Yahweh great, and my spirit has rejoiced in Elohim my Saviour. Because He looked on the humiliation of His female servant. For look, from now on all generations shall call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done wonders for me, and set-apart is His Name. And His compassion is from generation to generation, to those who fear Him. He did mightily with His arm, He scattered the proud in the thought of their hearts. He brought down rulers from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good items, and the rich He has sent away empty. He sustained Yisra’el, His servant, in remembrance of His compassion, as He spoke to our fathers, to Avraham and to his seed, forever.”
And Miryam stayed with her about three months, and returned to her home. And the time was filled for Elisheva to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbours and relatives heard how Yahweh had shown great compassion to her, and they rejoiced with her. And it came to be, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child. And they were calling him by the name of his father, Zekharyah. And his mother answering, said, “Not so, but he shall be called Yochanan.”
And they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.”
Then they motioned to his father, what he would like him to be called. And having asked for a writing tablet, he wrote, saying, “Yochanan is his name.”
And they all marvelled. And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he was speaking, praising Elohim. And fear came on all those dwelling around them, and all these matters were spoken of in all the hill country of Yehudah. And all who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What then shall this child be?”
And the hand of Yahweh was with him. And Zekharyah, his father, was filled with the Set-apart Spirit, and prophesied, saying, “Blessed be Yahweh Elohim of Yisra’el, for He did look upon and worked redemption for His people, and has raised up a horn of deliverance for us in the house of His servant Dawid, as He spoke by the mouth of His set-apart prophets, from of old – deliverance from our enemies and from the hand of all those hating us, to show compassion toward our fathers and to remember His set-apart covenant, an oath which He swore to our father Avraham: to give to us, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, to serve Him without fear, in set-apartness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.”
“And you, child, shall be called prophet of the Most High, for you shall go before the face of Yahweh to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of deliverance to His people, by the forgiveness of their sins, through the tender compassion of our Elohim, with which the daybreak from on high has looked upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of shalom.”
And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts until the day of showing Himself openly to Yisra’el.
And Yoseph her husband, being righteous, and not wishing to make a show of her, had in mind to put her away secretly. But while he thought about this, see, a messenger of Yahweh appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Yoseph, son of Dawid, do not be afraid to take Miryam as your wife, for that which is in her was brought forth from the Set-apart Spirit. And she shall give birth to a Son, and you shall call His Name Yahushua for He shall save His people from their sins.”
And all this came to be in order to fill what was spoken by Yahweh through the prophet, saying, “See, a maiden shall conceive, and she shall give birth to a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanu’el,” which translated, means, “El with us.” (Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 7:14)
And Yoseph, awaking from his sleep, did as the messenger of Yahweh commanded him and took his wife, but knew her not until she gave birth to her Son, the first-born. And he called His Name Yahushua (translated as “Joshua” in KJV of book of Matthew).
The setting of this portion takes between Luços (Luke) 1:25-80 and Mattityahu (Matthew) 1:19-25. It consist of the conception and births of Yochanan (John) the Immerser and Yahushua the Messiah. More spiritual study to follow!