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Week 35 Day 1
The Old Testament prophets had promised a new day
wherein the blind would see
the lame would run
the hungry be fed
and mourners rejoice
a day when God's people
would live unafraid and in joy and gladness
Matthew continues the Biblical story
showing how Jesus fulfilled these Old Testament prophecies.
In Matthew's account of Jesus' birth
Joseph is center stage
doing all the acting
Mary is silent and following his lead
Joseph is a gentle man
whose righteousness was kind, not harsh
He put the good of Mary
above his own misgivings and pain
Throughout this story, Joseph received direction
from angels and dreams
The angel called him, "Joseph, son of David"
and takes Joseph
out of his immediate setting
from his little world of day to day living
and gives him a title worthy of great respect
Joseph, you with king David's life blood in your veins
rise to the occasion
you are able
it is your destiny to do this
Words and names have a powerful effect.
Immanuel - God with us
God has not deserted his people
God has kept his promise
God's love and care endure forever.
It happened just as the prophets had said.
Matthew 1 & 2
18The birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother
Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she
was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19Joseph, being a just
man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded
to put her away secretly. 20While he thought about these things,
an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son
of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that
which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21She will bring
forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save
His people from their sins."
22This fulfilled what was spoken by the Lord through the
prophet, saying: 23"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and
bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is
translated, "God with us."
1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of
Herod the king, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?
We have seen His star and have come to worship Him."
11And when they had come into the house, they saw the
young Child with Mary, and fell down and worshiped Him.
They presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12Being divinely warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their own country another way.
13When they had departed, an angel appeared to Joseph in a
dream, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee
to Egypt, until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the Child to
destroy Him." 14When he arose, he took the young Child and
His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15and was there
until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was
spoken through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I called My Son."
16Herod put to death all the male children in Bethlehem
and its districts, from two years old and under. 17This fulfilled
what was spoken by Jeremiah, saying: 18"A voice was heard in
Ramah, lamentation and great mourning. Rachel weeping for
her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."
19When Herod was dead, an angel appeared in a dream to
Joseph in Egypt, 20saying, "Arise, go to the land of Israel, for
those who sought the Child's life are dead." 23He came and
dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might fulfill what was
spoken by the prophets, "He shall be called a Nazarene." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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