January 5 – Chronological Life of Jesus Day 3

Welcome back, I’m hopeful you’ve come with many questions! I’m sure we are all craving and want to grow in this study…I beg: bring ’em, bring ’em, bring ’em.

So, as we introduce Matthew today, which happens to be the very first book in the New Testament, we find yet another “Follower”!! A little more up close and personal…Matthew was sometimes called Levi, the son of Alpheus. He was a tax collector, for whom many people had an aversion. But that did not stop Jesus from asking or stop Matthew from “following” Jesus as one of his twelve closest friends, the disciples. Matthew did not write the first book about Jesus’ life; Mark did that, and his gospel will be introduced later this week. Matthew did use much of what Mark had written to show us that what God had told His people in the Old Testament came true in the life of Jesus our Christ ~ as Becky earlier mentioned.

–Dyea

Scripture

READ: Matthew 1

Observation

I have a confession: I’m not as familiar with Matthew as I am John. I remember opening to Matthew 1 a long while ago, when I was brand new in my walk with Him and thought to myself, “Are you crazy? Who are these people? I can’t possibly figure out who belongs where and to whom, let alone say the names!” No worries, if you’ve opened this chapter and felt the same thing, it will all come together. Sometimes it takes seconds, and sometimes it takes years. For example – it was just revealed to me not too long ago that Rahab is the mother to Boaz (Mt.1:5). What an oversight on my part, being familiar with both of their stories—Rahab was a prostitute who helped Joshua win the battle of Jericho, and Boaz was a good man who married the widowed Ruth and took care of her widowed mother-in-law Naomi too. So I’m thankful Matthew gives us the genealogy of Jesus and even His birth in this chapter. We just finished the Christmas season and have welcomed a new year. But with all that the season has become encompassed, what a perfect way to start off this study, tying the significance of the New Testament to what the Old Testament was missing:

  • “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’-which means, ‘God with us.’” (Mt.1:22-23)
  • That prophet being Isaiah in 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Application

As we received the precious gift, let us not only receive the Lord unto us and remember Him all year, but every day, every second. Let us not forget “…nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

Prayer

Lord, as this new study unfolds, as we watch the story unfold: I want to thank You for doing far more abundantly than all that we can ask or think. You are immeasurably more! Please continue to do Your great work in us.

In His precious name…Amen!

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Posted on January 5, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I have a tough question this morning. Matthew 1:21 says the angel told Joseph to name the child Jesus (which means the Lord saves), but the prophecy that Matthew says is fulfilled in this from Isaiah 7:14 says they will call him Immanuel (God with us). I see a distinction between what he is named and what he is called but don’t quite understand how prophecy is fulfilled here. Can anyone help?

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  2. Good question. I don’t know the answer either.

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  3. Ok, so I googled it. Similar to how Isaiah 9:6 calls him many names (Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace), the Jews refer to the Messiah as many names that declare his nature rather than his actual name. So the fulfilled prophecy is in his nature rather than his name. Jesus is God with us.

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  4. Very interesting!

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  5. Awesome question and awesome answer, Becky! I’ve actually had this particular question presented to me before-this exact argument, that prophecy does not line up or hasn’t been fulfilled. I have a Jewish friend; who will not examine outside of the OT and adventure in the New, who claims the Messiah has not yet come as do many of the Jews today … (I’m patiently waiting for the Holy Spirit to continue His work in that heart and prayers are encouraged (wink)). This is how I defended; I simply explained that I believe that the Bible is infallible, written by God the author of salvation. I believe in one God, eternally existent in three Persons and then how faith comes into play. I continued to say there is a peace that comes along with it. I should add, my friend has never experienced this peace, that alone speaks volumes! Then onto a broader explanation of this particular prophecy, since I couldn’t use the NT to connect the dots for my friend, but being familiar with it sure helped me! I could use the OT, which was perfect! So now I’ll piggybacking off of what Becky just stated and reiterate Jesus is God with us and it’s in the nature rather than in His name – I was able to take this to the table and not to get hung up on one verse alone – Take a look at how many times the word “savior” Christ our Lord is referenced in the OT, It’s God Himself and NO other is savior: -Isaiah 19:20, -Isaiah 43:11, -Isaiah 45:21 and -Hosea 13:4 to name a few. Now look at how many times in the NT, savior continues as a title of “God”: -Luke 1:47,2:11, -John 4:42 again just to name a few. And as you continue to read, grow and discover, note it mentions how God is the savior in a full third of the NT. I’m anxious to see all the many more dots there are, just waiting to be connected!!!

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  6. Glad I’m headed to bed because now my mind is blown, Dyea! The Bible tells us to hide God’s Word in our hearts (Psalm 119:11), and conversations with non-believers like Dyea just shared are a really good reason to prepare ourselves with memorized scripture. God, I pray for Brooklyn; I pray that You in Your infinite power would continue to soften his hard heart. I pray that He would stop fighting You and give in to Your peace. I pray for salvation for him, to recognize that his Savior has come. I pray for him in the name of Jesus my Savior!

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  7. oh my gosh, Becky, thank you for that!

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  8. Very interesting! Last night I learned a new mantra. ….. Peace is a person and He is with us! Repeat that a few times and it’s amazing! So often as mothers with busy hectic lives, I think of peace as a place, a room, a goal, a TV show…on and on….. Peace is a person and He is with us!!!

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  9. Oo, I like that, Holly!

    Have you spent time with Peace today?

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