Order & Orchestration: When Dreams In the Present Work With Words Spoken in the Past

Today’s selected reading is found in the New Testament gospel narrative concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ, which was written by the apostle Matthew. More specifically, today’s passage is found in the first four chapters of this New Testament book. THE BOOK OF THE GENERATION OF JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF DAVID, THE SON OF ABRAHAM! ABRAHAM BEGAT ISAAC! ISAAC BEGAT JACOB! JACOB BEGAT JUDAS AND HIS BRETHREN! JUDAS BEGAT PHARES AND ZARA OF THAMAR! SALMON BEGAT BOOZ OF RACHAB! BOOZ BEGAT OBED OF RUTH! OBED BEGAT JESSE! JESSE BEGAT DAVID THE KING! DAVID THE KING BEGAT SOLOMON OF HER THAT HAD BEEN THE WIFE OF URIAS! THE LINEAGE OF FAITH! THE LINEAGE OF THE KINGS! “So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations” (Matthew 1:17). THE GENERATION OF JESUS CHRIST! THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST! ”When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the LORD by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the LORD had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS” (Matthew 1:18-25).

            THE DAYS OF HEROD THE KING! THE APPEARANCE OF THE WISE MEN! ”Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Beth-lehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Beth-lehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departd; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way” (Matthew 2:1-12).

            “And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the LORD appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the LORD by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Beth-lehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not” (Matthew 2:13-18).

            “But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the LORD appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: and he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene” (Matthew 2:19-23).

            ”In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring therefore fruits meet for repentance: and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:1-12).

            “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be batpzied of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:13-17).

            “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him” (Matthew 4:1-11).

            “Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, He departed into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up” (Matthew 4:12-16).

            “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him” (Matthew 4:17-22).

            “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan” (Matthew 4:23-25).

            A STAR IN THE SKY! THE ANGEL OF THE LORD! DREAMS BY NIGHT! PROPHETIC WORDS FULFILLED! “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21). ”And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way” (Matthew 2:12). “And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the LORD appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him” (Matthew 2:13). “But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the LORD appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life” (Matthew 2:19-20). “But when he heard that Archalaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee” (Matthew 2:22).

            ”Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the LORD by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 7:14). “And they said unto him, In Beth-lehem of Judaea: for thus it was written by the prophet, And thou Beth-lehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel” (Matthew 2:5-6; Micah 5:2). “And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the LORD by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son” (Matthew 2:15; Hosea 11:1). “Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not” (Matthew 2:17-18; Jeremiah 31:15). “And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene” (Matthew 2:23) “For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD< make his paths straight” (Matthew 3:3; Isaiah 40:3). “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up” (Matthew 4:14-16; Isaiah 9:1-2).

            When you come to the New Testament—particularly and especially the first four books of it which are made up of the gospel narratives—you will find four different authors writing concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ. The first author whose gospel narrative we are presented with is one of Jesus’ own disciples and apostles—one who walked with and followed Him for three and a half years as He taught the people, raised the dead, cast out demons and unclean spirits, and healed the sick. The first of these four gospel narratives was written by the apostle Matthew—Matthew you will recall was also referenced as Levi, and was a publican, a tax collector and a sinner. It would be this tax collector, this publican and this sinner whom Jesus would call from the receipt of the custom to walk with and follow Him—something Matthew did without hesitation and reservation. It is truly something remarkable and astonishing to consider the fact that the first gospel narrative we find within the New Testament was one that was written by one of Jesus’ own disciples—one who deliberately and intentionally walked with and followed Him for three and a half years. Moreover, the apostle Matthew would also be among those who were present in the upper room on the day of Pentecost when they were gathered together in one place and in one accord giving themselves to prayer before the LORD. The apostle Matthew would be one of the twelve who walked with and followed Jesus, and he would also be one of the one-hundred and twenty who were present on that fateful day when the early Church was born as a direct result of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit among them. This Matthew—this same one who was previously a publican, a tax collector and sinner—would not only be one of Jesus’ companions and followers, but would also be one of the apostles of the early Church, and would be one of the one-hundred and twenty who experienced the manifestation of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. It would be this same Matthew who according to and by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit would put ink to scroll and/or parchment and write a detailed narrative and account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ. It would be the apostle Matthew whose gospel narrative would be the first of four that would be found in the New Testament. Please note, however, that this in no way, shape or form indicates that the gospel narrative Matthew wrote was in any way superior or greater than that of any of the other gospel authors. We know that the gospel of Mark was written by John Mark who was a Gentile convert and for some time would have even been directly linked and connected with Paul. We also know that the New Testament gospel of Luke was written by a Gentile physician who was a convert to Christianity under the ministry of the apostle Paul, and even traveled with him on at least one of his missionary journeys. The fourth and final gospel narrative was written by the apostle John who was one of the earliest disciples and followers of Jesus the Christ, and who was called at the same time as his brother James. We know that the apostle John was part of the disciples which made up the inner circle of Jesus’s fellowship, and was even referred to as the disciple whom Jesus loved.

            As I sit here thinking about and considering the gospel narrative which was written by the apostle Matthew I can’t help but be captivated and astonished with how the gospel itself is structured and presented to the audience who would read it. In the opening verse of the first chapter we find the apostle Matthew writing concerning “the book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham,” while in the eighteenth verse we find the apostle Matthew transitioning to speaking of “the birth of Jesus Christ.” The opening verse of the first chapter of this gospel narrative would begin with the apostle Matthew writing concerning the book of the generation of Jesus Christ, and tracing the lineage of Jesus all the way back to Abraham who was the patriarch and father of the Jewish people. It would be in the opening seventeen verses of this New Testament gospel we find the apostle Matthew beginning with Christ, speaking of and writing concerning Jesus being both the son of Abraham, as well as the son of David, and tracing the lineage of Christ back to the father of faith, as well as to the lineage of the kings. THE LINEAGE OF FAITH! THE LINEAGE OF ROYALTY! If we are going to truly understand the narrative of Jesus the Christ as presented in the gospel narrative the apostle Matthew wrote we must understand it in terms of Jesus being the direct fulfillment of that lineage of faith which began with Abraham and was passed down through the generations until it would ultimately arrive at Jesus who was the fulfillment of the Messianic expectation and hope. What’s more, is that as we read the gospel narrative of Matthew we find the lineage of Jesus being traced back to David king of Israel, as one of the more common names and references for Jesus was the son of David. In all reality, I can’t help but find it truly remarkable and astonishing that Jesus would be referred to as “the son of David,” and that His lineage would be traced back to David king of Israel—not only because Jesus would be that One who would sit on the throne of David and reign upon the earth, but also that Jesus is the ultimate demonstration and manifestation of the authority, the dominion and the government of God upon the earth. If Abraham was indeed the father of faith, and if it was through Abraham both faith and the promise would be manifested in the earth, then it would be through David where would truly begin to see the government, the authority and the dominion of the LORD being exercised upon the earth. As the son of Abraham Jesus would be the fulfillment of faith and the fulfillment of promise, while as the Son of David Jesus would be the fulfillment of the dominion and authority of the LORD upon the earth.

            The more we read, and the more we study the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ, the more we are brought face to face with the human nature of Jesus the Christ, for although He was one-hundred percent God and the image of the invisible God in the flesh, He was also one-hundred percent human. As both “the son of Abraham,” as well as “the son of David” Jesus the Christ would be the direct fulfillment of both the promise and faith, and dominion and authority upon the earth. It would be Jesus the Christ who would be the perfect and ultimate son of Abraham through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed, and it would be Jesus the Christ who would be the ultimate King who would sit upon the throne of David in the midst of Jerusalem. Although Jesus would initially come to the earth and would be manifested as a servant rather than a King, there is coming a day and time when Jesus will be manifested within and upon the earth, will sit upon the throne of David in the city of David, and will rule and reign among men. Scripture is replete with references and prophetic promises concerning the first coming of the Messiah, and we know that when the Messiah first came to the earth He came as the Lamb of God which would take away the sins of the world. What we must also realize and recognize concerning Jesus the Christ is that while He would initially and originally come as the Lamb of God which would take away the sin of the world, He would later and ultimately come as the Lion of the tribe of Judah who would come to judge, punish, and overthrow sin in the world. We do know that through His death, burial and resurrection Jesus would defeat sin, death, hell and the grave, but what we must realize and understand is that even with that being said Jesus would judge and punish sin when He returns as the Lion. As the Lamb Jesus would cleanse, deliver from, forgive, and free people from their sin, but as the Lion Jesus would judge, punish and condemn sin. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this distinction, for we essentially see two different manifestations of Jesus the Christ, and two different manifestations of His nature, His character, His mission, and His purpose.

            The New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew would begin by describing “the book of the generations of Jesus the Christ” and would then proceed to trace Jesus’ lineage through the four-hundred years of silence, through the seventy years of captivity and exile, down through the reigns of the kings of Judah which sat upon the throne of David, and would even trace it through the period of the Judges, through the period of the conquest of the land of Canaan, and all the way down to Abraham. There is absolutely no mistake about it—Jesus the Christ is indeed the perfect and ultimate fulfillment of the promise that was made unto Abraham, and it would be through Jesus the Christ who would Himself take on the seed of Abraham that all the nations of the earth would be blessed. What’s more, is that I am convinced if we truly want to understand that which is found in the first and opening chapter of the gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew we must consider the words which the apostle John wrote in the first and opening chapter of his own gospel narrative, as well as the words which are found in the first two chapters of the New Testament epistle which was written unto the Hebrews. It is what we find within these passages of Scripture that brings us face to face with the truth and reality that when Jesus was manifested in the earth He was manifested in the form of human flesh, and did in fact take on Himself the seed of Abraham. What’s more, is that I am also convinced we must consider the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the second chapter of the epistle which was written unto the saints which were at Philippi. It is within this passage of Scripture where we find an additional reference and declaration concerning Jesus, and how Jesus humbled Himself as He took on the nature and form of a servant that He might fulfill that which His Father in heaven ordained and appointed Him to do within the earth. In order to understand the awesome truth of Jesus being both the Son of David, as well as the Son of Abraham, we must considered these passages, as they demonstrate and reveal that not only did Jesus take on the seed of Abraham, but Jesus would also take on the form of human flesh. It is in the New Testament gospel of Matthew we find Jesus as being referred to as “the son of David,” while it is in the gospel narrative written by Luke we find Jesus being referred to as “the Son of God” as Luke would trace Jesus’ lineage beyond Abraham and would trace it all the way back to Adam who was the son of God in the garden. With all of this in mind, I invite you to consider the following words which are found in these various passages describing Jesus the Christ as the Son of Abraham, as the Son of David, and ultimately as the Son of God:

            ”If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on His own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:1-11).

            ”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:1-5).

            “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared Him” (John 1:6-18).

            “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of rigthteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: they shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; as a vesture shalt shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:1-14).

            “For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation, perfect through sufferings, For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:3-18).

            Each of these passages point to the humanity of Jesus, and that while it was indeed true He was fully God in the flesh, and was with God in the beginning, He was still in the form of human flesh, and came in the seed of Abraham. As the son of Adam Jesus would come in the form of human flesh, while as the son of Abraham Jesus would come as a descendant of Abraham, thus indicating that He would be the ultimate fulfillment of the promise that through Abraham’s seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed. As the Son of David Jesus would proceed from the lineage of kings and would ultimately sit on the throne of David with the sceptre of righteousness as He ruled and governed the nations. If we are truly going to understand the words and language which is found in the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew we must recognize and understand Jesus as the descendant of Abraham the friend of God, as well as David king of Israel who was the man after God’s own heart. We cannot truly understand the humanity of Jesus without understanding Him as being the fulfillment of the throne of David and that which represents the government, the authority and dominion of the LORD upon the earth, and as being the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham concerning the nations of the earth being blessed through Him. The more you read the opening chapters of the New Testament gospel written by the apostle Matthew the more you will encounter Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of promise and inheritance, as well as the fulfillment of authority, dominion and government. You cannot properly understand the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ—especially as it is presented in the gospel written by the apostle Matthew—without coming to Jesus and viewing Him through the lens of having descended from Abraham and being of the seed of Abraham, and having descended from David and being in the lineage of the kings. ROYALTY AND PROMISE! ROYALTY AND INHERITANCE! Within the opening verses of the first chapter of the gospel written by the apostle Matthew we find Jesus Christ as being one-hundred percent human having taken on the form of human flesh, but we also find Him as being descended from inheritance and royalty. Jesus Christ as the Son of David would be the ultimate and perfect fulfillment of the promise made unto Abraham concerning all the nations of the earth being blessed through Him, as well as the promise made unto David concerning building a house for him and descendants who would sit upon the throne the LORD established for him.

            THE FULFILLMENT OF THAT WHICH WAS SPOKEN! THIS HAD TO HAPPEN TO FULFILL THE WORD OF THE PROPHETS! As I sit here today thinking about and considering the words found in the opening chapters of the New Testament gospel written by the apostle Matthew I can’t help but be drawn to the tremendous emphasis that was placed on the fulfillment of the prophetic words spoken under the Old Covenant. If you wish to understand the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ you must view it through and from the lens of the fulfillment of that which had been spoken concerning Him by the ancient Hebrew prophets. IN the opening chapters of this gospel narrative you will find multiple references to Jesus the Christ—beginning with His birth, and continuing throughout the rest of His life—being a wonderful and powerful fulfillment of that which the prophets had spoken. If you take the time to read and study the various prophetic words which were written by the apostle Matthew you will find that he referenced the prophet Jeremiah, the prophet Hosea, as well as the prophet Isaiah. There would be at least one reference to the prophet Hosea which would be mentioned within these opening chapters, as well as one single reference to the prophet Jeremiah as well. The prophet Isaiah, however, would be quoted more than once in these opening chapters, as the apostle Matthew would describe Jesus’ birth as fulfilling that which the prophet Isaiah had spoken of His being born of a virgin. What’s more, is that the apostle Matthew would also reference the prophetic word spoken by Isaiah the son of Amoz, as it would be Isaiah the son of Amoz who would prophesy concerning Jesus Christ being manifested as a great light in the midst of the Gentiles in the land of Naphtali and Zebulon. You cannot read the words which are found in this gospel narrative without looking at and examining the direct influence the prophets would have on the life of Jesus the Christ, for you cannot understand His life, nor His ministry without and apart from the words and message of the prophets. Perhaps one of the most striking and astonishing truths concerning Jesus the Christ and His entire life and ministry was that everything from His birth to His death, to His burial and his resurrection, and to His ascension would be a direct fulfillment of that which the prophets had spoken within and during their generation. One of the great truths found within the gospel narrative is that there is a strong undercurrent and thread of the prophetic that runs throughout the gospel as undoubtedly when the gospel authors sought to describe and detail the life of Jesus the Christ they did so through the lens of the prophetic.

            What is truly wonderful and remarkable about the words which are found in the gospel which the apostle Matthew wrote is that not only did he write declaring Jesus as being the son of Abraham and the son of David, but he also wrote of Jesus Christ as fulfilling prophecy. It would be Jesus the Christ—His entire life and ministry—that would not only be governed by the eternal Father, but would also be in direct alignment with, and direct fulfillment of the prophetic words which had been spoken concerning Him by the ancient Hebrew prophets. Pause for a moment and think about that fact, for when you look at and examine the life and ministry of Jesus you will find that His entire life would be in direct fulfillment of the prophetic words which had been spoken concerning Him, while His ministry would be entirely and altogether governed by the will of the Father. FULFILLING PROPHECY & FULFILLING THE WILL! I have to admit that I am truly astonished and amazed to read the opening chapters of the New Testament gospel narrative of the apostle Matthew and come face to face with the tremendous fact that he wrote concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as being directly aligned with and the direct fulfillment of that which had been spoken concerning Him in times past. In fact, it would be Jesus Christ Himself who would declare that He did not come to abolish or do away with the Law and the prophets, but to fulfill them. The entire life and ministry of Jesus the Christ would be a perfect fulfillment of that which the prophets had spoken, and that which the prophets had seen within and during their days. This is actually something quite remarkable when you think about and consider a prophet such as Isaiah the son of Amoz who I am convinced is perhaps the ultimate “prophet of Christ,” as there was no other prophet who saw more concerning Jesus the Christ than did Isaiah.

            Upon reading the opening four chapters of this gospel narrative you will be brought face to face with three distinct prophetic words spoken by the prophet Amoz—each revealing a different element and aspect concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ. Within the opening chapters of this gospel narrative you will find the fulfillment of the prophetic word spoken concerning the Messiah and his being born of a virgin, while you will also find the fulfillment of that which was spoken concerning the Messiah and his being manifested as a great Light in the midst of the Gentiles and in the region of Galilee. There is an additional prophetic reference which is mentioned in the opening chapters of this gospel narrative, and that is the prophetic declaration concerning John the Baptist and his being the ultimate fulfillment of that which Isaiah prophesied concerning the voice of one crying in the wilderness. It’s worth noting and pointing out that when reading the gospel narrative which the apostle Matthew wrote concerning Jesus the Christ—not only was Jesus’ birth a direct fulfillment of that which the prophet Isaiah prophesied, but so also was His life a direct fulfillment of the prophetic word which Isaiah prophesied. In fact, if you journey to the seventh, ninth and eleventh chapters of the prophetic book of Isaiah you will find three distinct references which speak to the manifestation of the Messiah in the midst of the earth—from the time of His birth in Bethlehem to the time of His manifestation in Galilee. With this in mind, I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the various chapters of the prophetic book of Isaiah which were just mentioned:

            “Therefore the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may refuse to know the evil, and choose the good” (Isaiah 7:14-15).

            “Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously  afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (Isaiah 9:1-2).

            ”And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: and the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reigns. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people” (Isaiah 11:1-11).

            The more you read and consider the words which are found in the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew the more you will encounter the awesome reality that from His birth in Bethlehem through His emergence and manifestation in the midst of Judaea and Galilee His entire life fulfilled that which was prophesied concerning Him. There would be a number of ancient Hebrew prophets who would prophesy concerning Jesus the Christ, however, we have to wonder if they knew and realized what it was they were prophesying and speaking about. We know that Isaiah was perhaps the one prophet who prophesied more concerning the coming of the Messiah than any other prophet, and saw everything concerning His life from His being born of a virgin, to His being manifested in the midst of Galilee, to His suffering, to His being anointed by the Spirit of the LORD, and so much more. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of the tremendous truth surrounding these opening passages of Scripture, for what is found and contained therein—and not only within these chapters, but also the rest of the chapters which are found in this prophetic book—is a powerful picture of the Messiah whose entire life would be a direct and perfect fulfillment which was spoken by the prophets. It is something worth noting and pointing out concerning the gospel narrative which was written by the apostle Matthew that he sought to reveal Jesus the Christ as the Messiah who was spoken of by the prophets, and how His entire life would be such that would not only point back to the prophets, but would also confirm their message and that which they prophesied and spoke of. If there was ever anything that would give more weight and credence to the words and message of the prophets it was that which they would see and prophesy concerning Jesus the Christ, and it actually coming to pass. I would love to do a study of both the major and minor prophets and see if each and every one of them prophesied concerning the Messiah and saw the Messiah who would be manifested in the midst of the earth. Is it possible that each of the ancient Hebrew prophets saw something concerning Christ—something concerning the nature and character of Christ—and would prophesy and speak concerning His manifestation and appearance in the midst of the earth.

            As I sat here reading and considering the words which were written concerning Jesus the Christ in these opening chapters I can’t help but see how both that which was prophesied concerning Christ in the past would have a direct influence and impact on His life, as well as the use of dreams. You cannot read the opening chapters of this prophetic book and not see both the words of the prophets being manifested and fulfilled, as well as the revelation of dreams being manifested. I am absolutely and completely convinced that in order to understand the words which are found within this gospel narrative of Jesus the Christ is how both that which was spoken by the prophets in the past, and that which was revealed through dreams in the present were all working together in the heart, hands and mind of the Father in heaven. I read the words found in these opening chapters and it’s truly something remarkable to consider how the Father would not only use dreams given unto Joseph—three dreams to be exact—as well as a dream given unto the wise men to not only position Jesus Christ His Son, but also to protect Him. You cannot read the words found in the opening chapters of this gospel without seeing how the eternal and living God would use dreams given unto Joseph to protect and position His Son—from dreams which would encourage Joseph to be confident in taking Mary to be his wife, and dreams which would not only bring Joseph, Mary and the child down into the land of Egypt, but would also bring Mary, Joseph and the child out of Egypt and back into the land of their fathers. It would be through a dream that Joseph would choose not to dwell in Judaea and would instead bring Mary and the young child into a town called Nazareth. What makes this interesting is when you see how a dream in the present and the prophetic word in the past would actually work together in beautiful harmony with each other.

            WHEN DREAMS IN THE PRESENT WORK TOGETHER WITH WORDS OF THE PAST! You cannot read the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew without seeing both that which was spoken in the past and that which was revealed in the present working side by side in beautiful harmony with each other. What’s more, is that upon reading the words within these chapters you will find how the dreams which were given and revealed in the present would not only work directly with that which was prophesied and spoken in the past, but would actually be used to fulfill and bring about the words which the prophets had spoken. It would be through a dream given unto Joseph in the present that would work directly with the prophetic word spoken in the past to bring Jesus out of the land of Egypt that the word which Hosea prophesied might be fulfilled. It would be through a dream given unto Joseph in the present that would work directly with a prophetic word spoken in the past to bring Jesus into the town of Nazareth that the words of the prophets would be fulfilled. It is something absolutely wonderful and powerful to read the opening chapters of the gospel narrative which the apostle Matthew wrote and consider how the Father would not only take that which was spoken in the past and bring it to fulfillment in the present, but the Father would cause dreams to be given and revealed in the present to work together to fulfill and accomplish His plan and purpose. It would be through a dream given unto Joseph that the Father would watch over and protect Mary and the child which was conceived within her womb, for it would be the angel who would encourage Joseph to not be afraid to take Mary unto himself as his wife, for what was conceived within her was of the Holy Ghost. What’s more, is that it would be through a dream given unto the wise men concerning Herod’s intentions that they would leave and return unto their own country a different way from the way they came. It is absolutely and utterly fascinating to read the words found within these chapters and to see just how perfectly the Father worked in the present to accomplish and fulfill that which had been spoken in the past. What’s more, is that we must recognize and understand that the words which the prophets spoke in the past were not their own words, but they were the words of the LORD which were spoken concerning His Son who would be manifested in the earth.

            The further and deeper you get into these opening chapters the more you will find just how much the living and eternal God would accomplish in the earth that which He would bring about in the midst of the earth. We must recognize and understand that the heavenly Father in heaven had spoken in the past concerning the manifestation of His Son, as He would speak directly through His servants the prophets concerning a Messiah who would be manifested in the midst of the earth. It would be the ancient Hebrew prophets who would see the divine Messiah being manifested in the midst of the land of Israel. The opening verses of the first chapter of the gospel of Matthew reveal how Jesus was a direct descendant of Abraham the father of faith and the father of the Jewish people, but they also revealed how Jesus Christ would be a direct descendant from the line of the kings of Israel beginning with David king of Israel. There would be forty-two generations from the time of Abraham unto the time of Jesus the Christ that would take place in the midst of the earth, and there would be three distinct time periods that would be manifested in the earth before the appointed time would come for the Christ to be manifested in the midst of the earth. The opening seventeen verses of the first chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew point to and reveal how Jesus Christ would fulfill the promise of the Spirit given through Abraham, as well as the promise of a King and royalty that would be given unto David. It would be Jesus the Christ who would be born of a virgin in the town of Bethlehem who would be ultimately be the Lamb of God who would indeed take away the sins of the world, and who would fulfill that which the ancient Hebrew prophets prophesied concerning Him. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of these awesome and incredible realities, for these truths help us to further understand who Jesus the Christ truly is, and how His life and ministry would fulfill that which the prophets saw concerning Him. Even the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews would write how God in times past and at sundry past would speak in divers manners through His servants the prophets, but would now speak directly through His eternal Son.

            I happen to find the words which the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews wrote concerning the Father speaking in these Last Days through His Son to be worth considering in order to understand the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ, for it is through Jesus Christ God would not only fulfill that which the prophets had spoken, but would also confirm that which the prophets had spoken, and would be that voice which would break the silence of four-hundred years. For four-hundred years there would not only be silence, but there would also be a wonderful and powerful Messianic expectation in the midst of the land of Israel concerning the coming of the Messiah. I can’t help but wonder what those four-hundred years of silence were like as not only was there a pervading silence in the midst of the land, but also as there was still present among the Jewish people concerning the manifestation and coming of the Messiah. When Jesus would emerge on to the scene He would be the fulfillment of all the prophets had spoken concerning Him, and He would also help bring to pass that which the prophets saw concerning the days and times which were to come. I absolutely love the wonderful and powerful truth found in these opening chapters, for what you find in these chapters is the Father speaking in the present through dreams in order that He might fulfill what He had already spoken in the past. WHEN WHAT THE FATHER SPEAKS IN THE PRESENT FULFILLS WHAT HE HAS SPOKEN IN THE PAST! WHEN WHAT THE FATHER REVEALS IN THE PRESENT FULFILLS WHAT HE HAS SPOKEN IN THE PAST. We know that the Father would speak in these Last Days by Jesus Christ His son, but what we must also recognize concerning Jesus the Christ is that the Father would speak through dreams in the present in order that the Father might bring about that which He had spoken through the prophets. In the Old Testament it would be the Father who would speak through the prophets, however, in the New Testament we find the Father sending His angel Gabriel to speak to and reveal the nature of the Messiah. How truly beautiful it is to read the opening chapters of the gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew and consider how perfectly the LORD wove the past together with the present in order to not only accomplish what He desired in the present, but also to accomplish what He sought to do in the future.

            I have to admit that as I continue to read the words found in the opening chapters of the New Testament gospel of Matthew I am completely and utterly blown away by and captivated with how the eternal Father would preserve and protect His Son through the revelation and giving of dreams—not only dreams given unto Joseph, but also through a dream given unto the wise men concerning not returning unto Herod. The living and eternal God would preserve and protect His Son whom He would send into the earth that His eternal Son might fulfill that which the ancient Hebrew prophets had prophesied, and that which He had purposed within His heart and mind. If you read and study the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle John you will find Jesus emphatically declaring that He could do nothing in and of His own accord, and would instead do that which He heard the Father speak, and what He saw the Father doing. This is truly something worth noting and pointing out, for when you think about and consider the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ you will find that He would indeed and in fact fulfill that which the Father revealed and spoken in the past while also carrying out and completing the work and assignment the Father had purposed and planned for Him in that generation. You cannot truly understand the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ without understanding that which was spoken in the past and that which the Father was still speaking in the present. The life and ministry of Jesus the Christ would indeed fulfill that which the Father had spoken in the past, but the words which Jesus would speak in the present would be a word and revelation which would be spoken by the Father. The life and ministry of Jesus the Christ would indeed speak to what was revealed and spoken by the prophets, but the words which He would speak would be an entirely new revelation of the Father that would be spoken by the Father. This is important for us to think about and consider, for you cannot understand the life of ministry of Jesus the Christ without understanding what was spoken in the past, and what was being spoken in the present. The Father would speak through the prophets in times past to reveal the coming and manifestation of the Messiah, and when the Father would speak through Jesus the Christ it would be an entirely new revelation that would be manifested in the midst of the earth.

            THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF JESUS THE CHRIST WOULD FULFILL THAT WHICH WAS SPOKEN BY THE PROPHETS, AND THE WORDS WHICH JESUS WOULD SPEAK WOULD BE AN ENTIRELY NEW REVELATION OF THE FATHER IN THE PRESENT! Perhaps one of the greatest truths surrounding the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as it is written in the New Testament gospel of Matthew is the interaction of God in the present—not only to fulfill His heart within that generation, but also to fulfill that which He had spoken in the past. You cannot read the narrative written and found within this gospel and not encounter and come face to face with the tremendous truth that the LORD would use dreams to help maneuver His Son in the early years that He might be well protected and cared for. It would be through dreams given unto Joseph that Jesus would be brought down into the land of Egypt that He might be protected from the murderous threats of Herod the king. It would be through a second dream Joseph would bring the Child and His mother out of the land of Egypt and return unto the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. What’s more, is that it would be through another dream that Joseph would not dwell in the land of Judaea but would instead take the Child and His mother and dwell in Nazareth. It is truly something spectacular and worth noting and pointing out how the LORD would use dreams in the present in order to protect that which had been brought in the earth—and not only to protect what had been brought into the earth, but also to fulfill that which had been spoken in times past. The LORD would indeed use dreams in the present to work together those things which He had spoken in the past that He might be able to accomplish what He sought to do in the coming days. What’s more, is that when you read the gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew—and even the gospel narratives which were written by the other New Testament authors—you will find how there would be a number of things Jesus would say and do in the present that would fulfill that which the Father had spoken in the past, but everything He would speak would be what He heard the Father speak. There would not be a single thing Jesus would speak which would not be what He heard straight from His Father who was in heaven. It was Jesus Himself who declared that He could in and of Himself do nothing save only what He saw the Father do and speak what He heard the Father speak.

            Within the opening chapters of the gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew we encounter the lineage of Jesus the Christ which was traced all the way back to the days of David king of Israel, as well as even further back to the days of Abraham. There is no mistake about it that when the apostle Matthew sought to write this gospel narrative he sought to present Jesus as the fulfillment of what was spoken unto Abraham, as well as the fulfillment of that which was spoken unto Abraham. You cannot and must not read the narrative concerning the narrative of Jesus the Christ in the gospel of Matthew without coming to terms with the fact that He came from the seed of Abraham and was manifested unto the seed of Abraham. Moreover—not only was Jesus of the seed of Abraham as was mentioned in the second chapter of the epistle written unto the Hebrews, but Jesus was also of the line of David king of Israel as He would ultimately reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Before you even delve into the gospel narrative which was written by the apostle Matthew you must needs settle in your mind that Jesus took on Himself the seed of Abraham and was manifested among the Jews. What’s more, is Jesus the Christ would proceed from the line of the kings of Israel, thus settling and pointing to the reality that even when He came to the earth the first time He would indeed be a King. Although Jesus would not move and operate in the earth as a King during those three and a half years He fulfilled the work and will of the Father, there would be a tremendous amount of language concerning the kingdom of heaven having come unto and being manifested within the earth. Even more than this we find that when the wise men came from the east after following the star unto Jerusalem they would ask of Herod where this one was who was born King of the Jews. It’s important to realize and recognize that even as early on as the birth and childhood of Jesus the Christ there were those who would seek to come unto Him who was born King of the Jews that they might worship before Him. Notice what the wise men said when speaking unto Herod the king, for the wise men asked him, saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2). It would be the wise men who would see this star in the east and would follow the star all the way unto the city of Jerusalem where they would inquire as to where this child was who was born King of the Jews, thus indicating that during these early years of Jesus’ life there were those who were seeking after and searching for the King who would be born among men.

If you wish to understand the words and language found within the gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew it is absolutely necessary to understand that although Jesus Himself would not walk among men as a King but rather as a servant, He would still come into the earth as a King. Even Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem riding on a donkey would not only fulfill the word which was spoken by the prophet Zechariah concerning the king being meek and lowly and coming unto Jerusalem, but it would also be a fulfillment of what we saw with the son of David in generations past—Solomon son of David born of both he and Bathsheba—who would enter into the city of Jerusalem on David’s own donkey and mule as a powerful picture and portent of that day when Jesus the Christ would enter into Jerusalem riding on a donkey as men and women would spread palm branches before Him on the ground, and would cry out unto and before Him, saying, “Hosanna.” Although Jesus would not move in the earth as a King would, and although Jesus would not cast off Roman oppression during those days, He would nonetheless exercise the authority and dominion of heaven over demons and unclean spirits, over all manner of sickness and disease, over death, and even over sin itself. We must realize and understand this truly awesome and wonderful truth, for it points to and reveals the awesome reality that Jesus’ being of the seed of Abraham and descending down through the line of the kings of Israel and Judah would highlight the awesome reality that He would indeed be born into the world as a King. It would be as a King Jesus the Christ would completely and utterly exercise that dominion and authority given unto and bestowed upon Him of His Father who was in heaven. It would be the wise men from the east who would follow the star which appeared in the east, and would follow it all the way unto Jerusalem and the land of Judaea that they might behold this one who was born King of the Jews and to worship Him. What a truly wonderful and remarkable picture we have in the opening chapters of the gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew, for within this passage of Scripture we encounter the awesome and powerful truth that the Father in heaven would use that which was revealed and that which was spoken in the present to fulfill that which had been spoken in the past in order that He might accomplish what He sought to do in the present. The gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew would beautifully weave together a powerful picture of how the life of Jesus the Christ—from His birth in the town of Bethlehem to His death, from His burial to His resurrection, from His resurrection to His ascension, and everything He accomplished in the earth during those three and a half years would fulfill that which had been spoken concerning Him by the ancient prophets who in times past saw the days coming when the Messiah would be manifested in the earth and would carry out and fulfill that which the eternal God desired.

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