- The Holy Family goes to Egypt = Matthew connects the prophetic dots Hosea 11:1-4:
- Hosea = speaking for God = harkening back to the Exodus =remembering Israel little toddler of a nation > God delivered them out of bondage in Egypt.
- God called His son Israel out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery = Hosea 11 is about.
- Matthew uses the Old Testament in his Gospel => goes to great lengths to show that Jesus’ birth, life, and death = rooted firmly in the Old Testament
- Jesus born of a virgin = fulfilling Isaiah 7:14
- born in Bethlehem = fulfilling Micah 5:1-2
- Jesus sought out to be killed by Herod = fulfilling Jeremiah 31:15
- Jesus preceded by John preparing the way = fulfilling Isaiah 40:3
- Jesus healed diseases = fulfilling Isaiah 53:4
- Jesus spoke through parables = fulfilling Psalm 78:2
- Jesus came to Jerusalem riding on a donkey = fulfilling Zechariah 9:9
- “fulfill.” = Greek plēroō = to fill up +=> Jesus brings Scriptures to their intended goal => incomplete revelation to and through Israel has been brought to completion.
- ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” = “time has been filled up and the kingdom is here”
- Jesus’ flight to and return from Egypt was filling up Hosea 11:1.
- filling up the redemptive historical purposes of the nation
- Jesus is the embodiment of Israel => the true and faithful Israel
- Jesus = new Genesis (New World) => life embodies the new Exodus
- Jesus fulfilling Israel’s history + bringing it to a climax
- Jesus = faithful Son called out of Egypt, filling up what was lacking in the first faithless son, Israel.
- first Israel, God’s son, broke the covenant and deserved God’s wrath => God his only begotten Son Jesus Christ == Matthew 3:17, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
- Jesus Christ = the one who came to complete all that Israel was designed to perform.
- Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (heartfixxer.wordpress.com)
Throughout the Old Testament we see Jesus Christ foretold of. It speaks to our all-knowing God and his love for mankind. Jesus wasn’t a second thought, he was in God’s plan the whole time. God’s gift to us is His overwhelming love.
- Keeping Promises: The Virgin Birth (pointtolife.wordpress.com)
The virgin birth, the fact that Jesus Christ was born to a woman who was a virgin, (meaning she never had relations with a man (Luke 1:34)), is a fundamental doctrine of true Christianity for a number of reasons. First, the Old Testament not only foretells the virgin birth, the New Testament proclaims it. Secondly, it is the fulfilled prophecy in scripture that is used to validate the Bible as the Word of God. Third, the virgin birth is fundamental to the sinless nature of Christ. (Had Jesus been born of the union of a man and a woman, He would have been a sinner like the rest of us, and thus incapable of paying for our sins on the cross.)
- Christmas Mystery – The Virgin Birth! Part 1 (insideprocess.wordpress.com)
the most important aspect of the Virgin birth is this: God gave us an absolute favour – a favour you can freely reenact or walk into this season…
- Wonder Unto Others! (upwordsms.wordpress.com)
- His Birth and Our New Birth (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
I cannot enter the realm of the kingdom of God unless I am born again from above by a birth totally unlike physical birth. “You must be born again” (John 3:7). This is not a command, but a fact based on the authority of God. The evidence of the new birth is that I yield myself so completely to God that “Christ is formed” in me. And once “Christ is formed” in me, His nature immediately begins to work through me.
- Is God with us? (quotesthoughtsrandom.wordpress.com)
God sent Jesus and God is with us.
- Isaiah prophesied the birth of Jesus (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
As you read through the prophecies of Isaiah about the birth of Jesus you will realize that Jesus was born with a mission. Jesus Christ came on earth born of a woman, not for his own pleasure but to do the will of His Father in Heaven. Happy are those who believe that God sent Jesus to take away the sins of the world.
Isaiah under the influence of the Spirit of God could so confidently speak about the Messiah. Yes, it needed confidence as Isaiah was speaking about Jesus hundreds of years before Jesus could be born and manifest as a man on earth though he is the Son of God.
- The Old Testament Promise Of Christ (1) (thechristiangazette.wordpress.com)
You might wonder why faith is so important as we study these prophecies and their fulfillments. Well, as we progress, we are going to see that this study is based upon an assumption that God’s Word is absolutely truthful… How do we know that these prophecies were actually received years before their fulfillment? It is based upon our belief that the authors of the Old Testament are the genuine authors and the time of their writings is as described in the Word. How do we know that the fulfillments of these prophecies actually took place? It is based upon the trustworthiness of the Word’s historical accounts of the birth of Christ and physical lineage of Christ.
- Long To Look (biblicalnotes.com)
Peter wrote, “It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look” (1 Peter 1:12, ESV). Amazing, that angels “long to look” into God’s work regarding human salvation. In that verse, “long” is translated from a Greek word (epithumeo) which means to desire passionately. And, “look” is translated from a Greek word (parakupto) which conveys the image of someone stooping down to look at something. Thus, the “good news” of the gospel is so intriguing that angels have a keen desire to stoop down and see what God is doing for you and me as he offers salvation through Jesus’ blood.
- The Bible And Cosmology by Dr. R. Laird Harris (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
The world-view of the Scripture is mythological and is therefore
unacceptable to modern man whose thinking has been shape
d by science and is therefore no longer mythological. Modern
man always makes use of technical means which are the result
of science. In case of illness modern man has recourse
to physicians, to medical science. In case of economic and
political affairs, he makes use of the results of psychological,
social, economic and political sciences, and so on. Nobody
reckons with direct intervention by transcendent powers… man
acknowledges as reality only such phenomena or events as are
comprehensible within the framework of the rational order of the
universe. He does not acknowledge miracles because they do
not fit into this lawful order. When a strange or marvellous accident
occurs, he does not rest until he has found a rational
cause. The contrast between the ancient world-view of the Bible
and the modern worldview is the contrast between two ways of
thinking, the mythological and the scientific.
By. Kevin DeYoung
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” (Matthew 2:13-15)
That last verse has caused plenty of consternation over the years. The Holy Family goes to Egypt, and this somehow fulfills Hosea’s reference to Israel’s exodus? It looks like Matthew is connecting the prophetic dots by the slimmest of connections.
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