January 5, 2019



Key Verses 1:22-23, 2:5-6, 2:14-15


The Gospel of Mathew, although 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.  


Can you imagine being Matthew? He knew the incarnate Jesus Christ.  He went fishing with Him.  He watched and learned evangelism from Jesus Christ.  He was persecuted with Him.  Is this man an authority on who Jesus Christ is? You must answer that question on your own.  The one thing no one can challenge is the fact that Jesus of Nazareth was a man who changed the world.  Christians believe Jesus is the Messiah for whom the people of Israel had been waiting.  As for Matthew, he believed that Jesus was the risen Savior of the World.  He believed this so much that he became a missionary.  On a mission trip to Ethiopia, in Africa - a place so remote that few historians or Christians ventured - Matthew was impaled with spears to the ground and beheaded for his faith in Jesus, the risen Christ.  Matthew definitely believed.  He believed so intently that he gave up his life rather than deny Jesus being the Son of God.  Matthew knew Jesus well.


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 fulfillment of prophecy.  The second chapter of Matthew is about the birth of Jesus and fulfillment of prophecy.  


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:

“‘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 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 a 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.  Journal suggestion: note each fulfilled prophecy you find in the Gospel of Matthew - list them on a separate page - you will need it to keep track of the prophecies fulfilled in the Gospel of Matthew.  Let’s move along on this journey.