Ge 24:43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin (almah) cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin (almah) shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matt 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
In the past atheist friends and other Biblical nay sayers have argued that the Bible is not God’s Word, by citing to me Isaiah 7:14.
The accuracy of the Word of God never fails to amaze.
Their argument is that the word for virgin in the English is not so in the original Hebrew.
Technically they are correct.
A deeper study however supports the Bible’s accuracy, and proves them wrong.
The Hebrew word for virgin in both Isaiah 7:14 and in Genesis 24:23, which is reference to Isaac’s future wife Rebekah, is almah.
The Hebrew word in both of these verses is almah.
The technical word for virgin in the Hebrew is betula and not almah.
Almah, is a young girl, a teen in the throes of puberty, experieng hormonal changes and definitely prepared to be married.
The almah in the great majority of cases is a single girl.
In rare instances the word could refer to a woman newly married.
As far as we know of Rebekah she was a virgin.
In the context of Isaiah, 700 years BC, it was highly if not automatically presumed that a young teen age Hebrew girl, the almah, in the throes of puberty, would be a virgin.
If the girl in Isaiah 7:14 was a pregnant prostitute, knowing the absolute holiness and purity of God, He would not have uttered this prophecy.
The verse commences by saying that Elohim will give you a sign which in the Hebrew is the word Ot
Ot is the word God gives throughout the OT for signs in conjunction with signs and wonders.
If the case for almah, would have been of a young prostitute bearing a son, God would not have regarded it as a sign and a wonder. Would you?
Neither would He had referred to this child as Immanuel, which means God with us, if he would have been born from a prostitute. How stupid to think otherwise!
Neither would have God hijacked His own character and nature by glorifying the birth of His sign through a teen age prostitute.
Some could have argued that this woman could have been married, which would be the rarity and neither would it had been a sign and a wonder to God. Duh!
The exquisite aroma of this verse in context speaks about the sign of a young unmarried virgin Hebrew teen age girl in puberty bearing a son, as a sign, whose name is Immanuel, God with us.
Isaiah 7:14 is a perfect description of Mary, the almah, in Matthew 1:22-23, seven hundred years later. How amazing is that!
To deny all of this to justify our deception requires a lot more faith than I have.
Once again, the moral of the story is that it behooves us to seriously consider the accuracy of the world’s most important book, the Bible, especially in these dangerous times where the only protection that humanity has is the Holy Spirit.