Day 30 – Three prophecies complete the birth story of the Messiah.

These three prophecies complete the birth story of the Messiah:

1. Matthew 2:15
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet (Hosea), saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” 

The Wise Men finished worshiping the child Jesus and departed for home, being warned in a dream not to return by way of King Herod. Joseph was also told by an angel of the Lord to take the Child and his mother and flee to Egypt by night, because Herod wanted to destroy the child Jesus.

2. Matthew 2:17-18
Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”
 

When Herod found out that he had been deceived by the Wise Men, he was very angry and put to death all male children in Bethlehem under the age of two, trying to kill the one who was Jesus.

3. Matthew 2:23
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.” 

When Herod was dead, the angel appeared again to Joseph and told him to take the Child and his mother to the land of Israel. And also being warned by God not to return to Judea where Herod’s son was reigning, Joseph and his family went to the region of Galilee, to the city of Nazareth. Nazareth was considered a lowly area with not much of a reputation. While there are no written Old Testament prophecies about Jesus becoming a Nazarene (only spoken as mentioned by Matthew), it was most likely meant as a description for someone who would be despised. The prophecies in Psalms and Isaiah describe this:

A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
All those who see Me ridicule Me;
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
“He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;

Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”
(Psalm 22:6-8) 

He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
(Isaiah 53:3)

 

Jesus understands. He has been there as a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He can help you overcome anything.

* Merry Christmas *

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Sue McCusker is a writer, teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.

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