January 7, 2023
DAY 7 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses for Today: 1:22-23, 2:5-6, 2:14-15
Our journey today begins our journey through the Gospel of Matthew. Although the Gospel of Matthew was written anonymously, is credited to the Apostle Matthew, a tax collector, who became an Apostle of Jesus. Matthew forsook the ways of a tax collector becoming an Evangelist of Christ. The Gospel of Matthew was written around AD 85.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Matthew 1-2. Read Matthew 1-2. Let’s journey!
Matthew 1-2: The first chapter of the book of Matthew is about the genealogy of Jesus and about Mary becoming pregnant by the Holy Spirit with Jesus. It is also about the fulfillment of prophecy. The second chapter of Matthew is about the birth of Jesus and the fulfillment of prophecy. (Matthew 1:1-2:23)
Today’s focus verses focus on the fulfillment of prophecy.
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
(Matthew 1:22-23, NIV)
5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘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 rulers who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
(Matthew 2:5-6, NIV)
14 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 2:14-15, NIV)
Most people think of Christmas and Easter when they think of the Gospels. Both are important. People also think of the fulfillment of prophecy when they think of the Gospels. The focus verses today are the fulfillment of prophecy spoken by Isaiah at 7:4, by Micah at 5:2 and 5:4, and by Hosea at 11:1, respectively. The first two chapters of the Gospel of Matthew reveal the fulfillment of prophecy in announcing the arrival of the Messiah, Jesus the Christ, Immanuel: God with us. If you are not a believer you are entering a study of a man who changed the world forever. If you are a believer you are entering a study to better understand this incarnate man, God-man, the Ultimate Sacrifice, the Savior of the World, the birth of the Child Jesus the Christ. Where are you on your journey?
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