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According to the Old Testament plan

“’In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written:’”  Matthew 2:5.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading:  1 Samuel 17, Psalm 9, and Matthew 2.

An undercurrent in the Old Testament is that a King is coming to right the wrongs in the world and to transform things into the way they should be. This King will be anointed with God’s own powerful Spirit.

Information about the circumstances of this Messiah’s entry into the world are found in the Old Testament.

The second chapter of Matthew has three direct connections to Old Testament prophets (Micah, Hosea, and Jeremiah).

The Old Testament is a single lengthy story that lacks an ending.  In it God choses a people (Israel) to use to clean up the wickedness and rebellion in His creation.  It turns out that the Israelites are just as wicked and rebellious as those they were supposed to clean up.  Something else is needed and there were numerous references in the Old Testament to a future King who would be able to make things right for the whole world.

The OT ends before that King appears.  But in Matthew the Old Testament references begin to find fulfillment in Jesus.  Bethlehem is where Jesus is born.  Egypt is where Mary and Joseph take Jesus to escape Herod.  The anguish of families over Herod’s ruling is described.  This Jesus is the King that God is sending!

This is part of the Good News for the Jews.  The King described in the Old Testament is in their midst.  Shepherds heard angels.  Wise men saw a star. However, many weren’t sure that Jesus was that King.  Herod was fearful of competition so he deviously tried to kill young Jesus.

“Lord, how comforting it is to see the connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament.  You are indeed that coming King of the Old Testament.  You are the Messiah.  You have destroyed sin’s power.  You have ushered in the new life in You with the resurrection.  Thank You, Father, for taking care of me.  Enable me to do the work You want as I await Your return.”

Jesus was the coming King referenced in the Old Testament.  The OT trail is very specific.

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Who is really is charge?

ja28“They (Herod and Pontius Pilate) did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.” Acts 4:28

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Exodus 21-22 & Psalm 12 & Acts 4)

God is all-powerful. No one is outside of His reach.

No doubt Herod and Pontius Pilate believed that they were calling the shots when it came to dealing with Jesus. But they weren’t.

The two rulers were manipulated by God to do what He wanted done. The result of their actions led to Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, dying on the cross for the heaven-separating sins of everyone.

In the past I have read that “God moved the heart of Cyrus,” and also, “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” It is safe to say that these two men were also manipulated by God. No one is off-limits!

When I ask God to “manipulate” my life I know that He has the power to do it according to His will. I want that.

Ideally, I will be living in close enough alignment to Him that course corrections wouldn’t be necessary. However, I beg that He will manipulate me back to where He wants me to be whenever that is needed.

“Lord, I need You every second. I know that I am not out of Your reach. I beg that You direct my path. I beg that You correct me when needed. I want to do what You want me to do. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah!”

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Herod Taught Fatal Lesson

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(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 6-8 & Acts 12)

“Herod had given God no credit for anything.  Down he went.” Acts 12:23

I must be quick to credit God.  I am unable to accomplish anything of lasting value to Him on my own.  The idea of acting independently of Him should terrify me.  I need to frequently check in with God either to praise Him (credit Him) for what has gone on or to seek assurance that His Way is the way I’m on.  If I feel good about myself, it’s likely that I’m taking credit to myself instead of giving it to Him.  True peace will come to me when God is getting the credit for the Godly things I do.

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