“’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.