|Romans 8: 29-30|
The shell of an egg is necessary for a time, but what comes from the egg is greater than the shell.
Looking at a shell, we cannot 'see' the contents... and unless we know exactly what kind of egg's shell we are looking at, we may not be sure of what comes of the contents in all their glory.
When learning what words mean, we must always take into consideration how God speaks.
At times God speaks simply, but also in complexity.
The meanings of His messages are sometimes literal, but also parabolic, figurative, metaphoric, etc..
A literal interpretation is not always accurate, especially when the literal interpretation does not fit how God has revealed Himself in the past, or regarding what has already been established.
God is always asking mankind to continually open their hearts and minds to His unfolding Mystery.
God continues to grow His relationship with mankind, but men are not quick to grow theirs with God.
In the beginning, God established a single commandment and included a 'do not do':
And the I Am God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
- Genesis 2: 16-17
Some time later, God proclaimed a title / 'name' when Moses asked for God's Name.
How did God respond to Moses?
With an actual "name" as people understand names?
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His Name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
God said to Moses, “I Am who I Am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I Am has sent me to you.’ ”
- Exodus 3: 13-14It says elsewhere:
For the I Am your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
- Deuteronomy 4: 24Is God really a 'fire' as we understand a flame we use to cook our food or heat our homes?
Obviously, "our God is a consuming fire" is speaking to more than comparing God to a simple flame.
Reading the context of the 4th chapter in Deuteronomy would explain why God speaks literally in some ways, and figuratively and metaphorically in other ways.
So now, what then does the word "begotten" mean?
Some fellow citizens of the world have issue with this term.
The main issue, I think, is the manner its message to their hearts causes confusion when considering God and His relationship with mankind, and also in defining 'who' and 'what' Yeshua Christ is, and what they have been taught by men... but not by God.
That term, and its meaning, is found in referring to a prophecy from God:
I will proclaim the I Am’s decree:
He said to Me, “You are My Son;
today I have become your Father.
- Psalm 2: 7Read other translations, namely the Greek and how it was derived from the Hebrew for further clarity regarding the actual term used.
There is nothing suspicious regarding what God was conveying regarding the Messiah, sonship, becoming a Father, and so forth.
1. (especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
2. give rise to; to cause; produce as an effect: a belief that power begets power.
1. spawn, sire, breed, father, give life to.
2. occasion, engender, effect, generate, prompt.
Let us now look what was pronounced to Mary, the woman who gave birth to Yeshua, when considering what "begotten" means:
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a Son, and you are to call Him Yeshua. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The I Am God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God."
- Luke 1: 28-35- "He will be called the Son of the Most High"
- "the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God"
Looking at the definition of "begotten", we see an understanding being derived from both the 1st and 2nd definitions in the manner the angel pronounced the good news to Mary.