01/02/20: Genesis 4-6; Matthew 2

In today’s New Testament reading I saw several verses that reminded me of why, as believers, we need to read the entire Word of God and not just a single “testament” to help us understand His great plan of redemption.  For in Matthew 2 there are three references to Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming of the Lord.  We are truly blessed with all of the scriptures we have been given.

Matthew 2:  4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’

Matthew 214 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Matthew 22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene

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