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What Four Things Do We See Fulfilled in Matthew That Were Predicted in the Old Testament?

The Bible predicted where Jesus would be born.


The prophecy:


Micah 5:2 “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” The fulfillment: Matthew 2:4-5 “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 Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,”

The Bible predicted what Jesus would live briefly in Egypt:

The prophecy:

Hosea 11:1 “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.” 

The fulfillment:

Matthew 2:13-15 “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.” 

When Hosea had originally given this prophecy, it did not make sense to anybody why God would call the Messiah out of Egypt. This chapter, almost eight hundred years later, gives a very simple answer how the Messiah ended up in Egypt showing that the prophecy did not have to be understood – just believed.

The Bible predicted the sorrow from Herod’s slaughtering of innocent children

The prophecy:


Jeremiah 31:15 “Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.”

The fulfillment:

Matthew 2:16-18 “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 Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired 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.”

Prophetically, Rachel is seen here representing the Jewish mothers who would be weeping because their children had been killed by Herod. While God did not cause this slaughtering, He knew that it would take place and told of its happening six hundred years before it came about.

The Bible predicted that Jesus’s family would live in Nazareth

The prophecy:

Isaiah 11:1 “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:”

The fulfillment:

Matthew 2:21-23 “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.”

The word “Nazarene” means that which is insignificant. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be, in the eyes of man, that which was of insignificant origins – only a “stem, a branch, a root.” This was literally fulfilled also by having him grow up in his mother’s hometown of Nazareth which was so called because it was a tiny, insignificant town.


For further contemplation:

It is truly amazing how the prophecies contained in the Bible fit together like the pieces of a puzzle perfectly woven together.

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