Matthew 2: 1 - 23
King Herod is a manipulative dude. After the Magi revealed they came to Jerusalem to worship the baby born who is to be the king of the Jews, Herod pulls them aside to get more information. He then sends the Magi out to find the child and report back to him once He was found.
What Herod didn’t realize is that prophecies spoke of what was to happen as well as an angel of the Lord was protecting Jesus and guiding key players through dreams. These dreams and prophecies include:
- The prophet Micah pointing to the Shepard that would come out of Bethlehem in the land of Judah. (Matt 2:6)
- A dream the Magi had after meeting Jesus warning them not to go back to Herod. (Matt 2:12)
- An angel of the Lord appearing to Joseph in a dream advising him to escape to Egypt with Mary and Jesus. (Matt 2:13)
- The prophet Hosea fulfilled calling Jesus out of Egypt after the death of Herod. (Matt 2:15)
- The fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy of Herod ordering all boys in Bethlehem, under age two, to be killed. (Matt 2:17-18)
- The dream of Joseph and the angel of the Lord giving the “all clear” to go to the land of Israel. (Matt 2:19 – 21)
- Another warning in a Joseph dream, causing him to head to Galilee in a town called Nazareth. (Matt 2:22-23)
- This fulfilled another prophecy about Jesus that he would be called a Nazarene (Matt 2:23)
- My biggest takeaway from Matthew 2 is that the prophecies about Jesus where fulfilled with the first two years of his life. I am also impressed about the obedience of the Magi as well as Joseph. The Magi were able to discern the commands of God through a dream and were obedient. Joseph, at the time, probably didn’t know he was fulfilling Hebrew scripture prophecies simply by also being obedient to the Lord.
At a meeting I attended this morning, I showed up frustrated because I wasn’t sure why I was there and if I would bring much value. My attitude then shifted to one of pride because I thought, “oh, I’ve experienced many of the struggles this organization is facing and I’m going to instruct them how to operate moving forward.” I was quickly humbled by the Lord as He revealed the heart of the people in the room to me. I heard the voice of the Lord say to be, “Dan, get yourself out of the way and allow me to work through you.” I quietly confessed my selfishness and just sat back to wait on the Lord. Sure enough, the Lord gave me a word of knowledge to share with two of the folks in the meeting. These words encouraged the participants and helped them see how God sees them. I praise God for His faithfulness and grace even in the midst of my selfishness.
Father God, thank you so much for your living Word. Help me (us) rest in your embrace as you guide and direct our steps through Your presence revelation in our lives. Forgive us Father when we venture out on our own, thinking we can be successful without your power. Gently remind us to trust in you with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. Thank you for your promise that you will make our paths straight. Amen!
Posted on Thu, August 20, 2015
by Brian Landers