In this chapter Matthew is pointing out prophecies that have been fulfilled. He wants to be sure we understand the fulfillment of these prophecies and that some of them were unlikely to be fulfilled.
Jesus was a child in a house by the time the Wise Men got to him. This is new to me, I always thought the Wise Men were there when Jesus was in a manger. I’m sure this is what many people think today. Every nativity scene I’ve seen has the Wise Men with Jesus in a manger.
The Wise Men brought three gifts to Jesus. The “gold” symbolized Jesus’ kingly role, the “frankincense” his priestly role and “myrrh” his sacrificial death.
Joseph was a strong man. The Lord used him to protect baby Jesus. He was visited by angels and they told him where to go and what to do. Can you imagine this?Angel appears to you and you follow the angels instructions. It reminds of when I have dreams and I can’t remember if it was real or not. What an amazing experience.
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Read: Matthew 3
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To Be Continued Tuesday, August 31st……………