The Son of God, Son of David!

Scripture reading for October 6th: Matthew 1-4

Four hundred years of silence had passed and God spoke again!  He began fulfilling a number of prophesies that He gave over the years concerning His Son.  A virgin, named Mary, gave birth to a son.  (Matthew 1:22-23)  This virgin and her betrothed husband, Joseph, were descendants of King David and their genealogy was traced back to Abraham.  (Matthew 1:1-16)  This “Son” was born in Bethlehem, fulfilling what the prophet Micah had predicted nearly 700 years earlier.  (Matthew 2:6)

Gentile wise men came to worship Him who was born “King of the Jews.”  They came to Judea and visited King Herod.  Herod became jealous and ordered the destruction of all boys 2 years and younger.  God had already intervened and warned Joseph and Mary to depart for Egypt.  This fulfilled two other prophesies about Rachel weeping for her children and God calling His Son out of Egypt.  (Matthew 2:15-18)  When Joseph and Mary returned to Israel after Herod’s threat had passed, they settled in Nazareth.  Jesus was called a “Nazarene” in fulfillment of Scripture!

The Book of Malachi ended with a promise from God that He would send Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord.  (Malachi 4:5-6)  Elijah’s message would turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Matthew recorded the ministry of John the Baptist preaching in the Desert of Judea and calling God’s people to repentance and water baptism.  John was Jesus’ cousin and had a special call from God to prepare the way for His Son. (Matthew 3:1-3)  This also fulfilled a prophesy given by Isaiah! (Isaiah 40:3)

John the Baptist spoke plainly to the religious leaders who came to ridicule him.  He warned them that one was coming who would not just baptize with water, but with the Holy Spirit and fire!  (Matthew 3:7-11)  As Jesus was baptized by John, many witnessed an amazing confirmation of Jesus Christ the Son of God!    “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went out of the water.  At that moment heaven opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”Matthew 3:16-17

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