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God With Us!

Scripture reading for October 6th: Matthew 1-4

As we begin the New Testament, we are immediately made aware of Jesus Christ the son of David and son of Abraham! (Matthew 1:1)    Matthew’s eye-witness account of the life of Jesus Christ starts with a genealogy of Jesus from Abraham to Joseph.  There are 42 generations listed in this period of about 2000 years of history.  Jesus is the central figure of the entire Bible and especially the New Testament.  His birth, life on earth, sacrificial death, and resurrection from the dead are told by Matthew specifically for a Jewish audience who would appreciate the Old Testament and the various prophecies that Jesus fulfilled.

“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”  “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means, “God is with us”. (Matthew 1:20b-23) (Isaiah 7:14)  We are introduced to a miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit uniting with a virgin named Mary.  The child would be a son to be given the name “Jesus” which means “the Lord Saves”.  This child would also be referred to as “Immanuel” which is “God with us”!  All of this was foretold 700 years earlier by Isaiah the prophet. This conception nearly caused Joseph to call off the marriage!  Imagine his surprise to find his promised bride pregnant!  God visited him in a dream with an angel messenger to give him insight into the plan of God.

It so happened that Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem to pay taxes and during that visit Jesus was born.  This was also no accident! “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 ruler who will be the shepherd of My people Israel”. (Matthew 2:6) (Micah 5:2)  Micah had spoken of the town in Judah where this ruler would originate.  Bethlehem means “house of bread”.  Jesus would be the living bread to nourish the whole world!  God’s plans are established forever!

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