There is only One Man in all of history of whom explicit details of His birth, life, death, and resurrection were given centuries beforehand. Amazing!
Dec. 11 – (Foretelling - Gen. 3:15; Fulfillment - Matt. 1:20; Gal. 4:4) Messiah would be born of a woman.
We need to go way back to the garden of Eden to get a better understanding of why the "seed of the woman" is so important. The key to this is when God told satan what would happen because of sin. To satan was given the initial promise and prophecy of redemption from the sin he brought into “God’s universe (Gen. 3:15). From this point on, the chain of promises and prophecies concerning “the seed of the woman” lengthens until it ends in the birth of Jesus, who was not only “the seed of the woman,” but “the seed of Abraham” etc.
Many times, the enemy tried to destroy the “Seed,” through the years since the garden of Eden. Haman tried to get rid of the Jewish nation. Herod massacred innocent babies to get to Jesus. These are only a few examples but God’s will and purpose will always win out. This gives me a deeper meaning of why genealogies are so important. They are evidence again, of the enemy’s failure to thwart our salvation, just as God said it would! Thank you, Father God!!
Dec. 12 – (Foretelling - Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Fulfillment - Matt. 1:22-23; Luke 1:26-35) Messiah would be born of a virgin.
We have just discussed the importance of following “the seed” through the genealogies. In Gen. 3:15, the phrase “her seed,” is not found elsewhere in the Bible. Well over one hundred times we read of “the seed” and “seeds” but in all cases, the seed of man is meant. But the seed of the woman is a unique concept and can be interpreted only as a foreshadowing of the virgin birth of our Lord. If Jesus was not to be born of a virgin, then Adam would have been referred to: “his seed”, not “her seed.” When the Prince of Glory came, the prince of this world could find nothing in the One who sprang from “her seed” because it was through the work of the Holy Spirit. Does this bring deeper meaning? I hope so.
Here is another area to consider. The prophecy in Isaiah had significance in his day in that Ahaz and his house stood judged by God for unbelief. The passage gave hope to faithful believers like Isaiah for a future Messiah. Can you see any encouragement for us today considering our world? We also have a hope of a returning Messiah! In Matthew, we are reading the exact words from the mouth of an angel to a man trying to decide what to do with a fiancee who is pregnant and he was not the father. Can you imagine how Joseph was feeling? Then he sees an angel appear in a dream repeating what Isaiah spoke hundreds of years earlier, about the very thing that was weighing so heavily on his mind. WOW! That had to really help in his decision. I’m sure this was an answer to prayer that Joseph could never have thought up or reasoned out. It reminds me that as we seek God for guidance in our seemingly insurmountable situations, that God has a good plan for us… for life… and hope….Hallelujah!!!!
Dec. 13 – (Foretelling - Micah 5:2; Fulfillment - Matt. 2:1,6; John 7:42; Luke 2:4-7) Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem (we all knew that). These scriptures confirm the foretelling and fulfillment. Jesus was also a descendant of David (we all knew that). What I didn’t put together was that David was born in Bethlehem as well! The unlikely choice of David as king foreshadows the unlikely choice of Bethlehem as the hometown of the greater David, the Messiah. Matt. 2:6 shows that Jewish scholars of Jesus’ day read this as a prediction of the Messiah’s birthplace (Jn. 7:42). The Messiah’s lineage confirms that the ancient covenantal promises made to David still stand (2 Sam. 7:16).
Dec. 14 – (Foretelling - Hosea 11:1; Fulfillment - Matt. 2:14-15) Messiah would spend a season in Egypt.
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” Matthew 2:15 quotes this verse to show that Jesus is the “Son” of God, the heir of David who embodies Israel’s relationship to God (compare 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 89:26-27). Hosea portrays the Lord not only as a husband but also as a father. We don’t know a lot about their time in Egypt but we do know God was protecting His Purpose for our good! Pause and think about that!
Dec. 15 – (Foretelling -Jer. 31:15; Fulfillment - Matt. 2:16-18) A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace.
Let’s look at another aspect of this foretelling and fulfillment. Why did King Herod send this edict? First, Jesus was the only baby who was born a king…Selah! We think about all the people who celebrated and worshiped Jesus at His birth but Christ’s birth had the opposite effect on King Herod. “Jesus in His cradle is mightier than Herod on his throne.” Every king (including Herod) pales in significance to the King Eternal!
But why did King Herold feel so threatened? The Pharisees had warned him of the end of the Herodian dynasty. Therefore, if the One the Wise Men had spoken of was truly a king, he must seek to destroy Him, which he tried to do in the slaughter of the innocents. Since the Wise Men “wisely” decided not to tell King Herod which house Jesus was in, Herod had to expand to all of Bethlehem to make sure of the destruction of the One. Joseph Parker, commented upon this incident, “No man has troubled the human heart so much as Christ. His whole course is a rebuke to evil. A Babe ‘troubling’ a king! The good have ever ‘troubled’ the bad. The nefarious bookkeeper is troubled by the eye of his honest companion.” Here is what impacted me. How has the fact of Christ affected us? Is ours the attitude of the adoring shepherds or that of Herod (don’t answer too quickly) trembling because of the possible loss of my throne? Dagon must fall to pieces when the Ark is carried into the temple! SELAH
Dec. 16 – (Isa. 11:1; Matt. 2:23) Messiah would be called a Nazarene.
Okay this one was a little harder to connect but it’s there if we explore the original word. Matthew may have intended a wordplay connecting the word “Nazareth” to the messianic prophecy in Isa. 11:1. Nazareth” sounds like the Hebrew word for “branch,” which was a term for the Messiah. Also, when Isaiah spoke of Jesus as The Branch, he used the word neh-tzer, meaning “the separated One,” or the Nazarene.”
Dec. 17 – (Isa 7:14; Matt. 1:22,23) Messiah would be called Immanuel.
When Isaiah used the exclamation Behold in connection with this divine name (Immanuel or Emanuel), he wanted to arrest attention to an extraordinary prophecy. It was a name, men were not to use in an ordinary way because it not only revealed His contact with man but also His character. Two truths are suggested by this remarkable name: Christ’s Deity and His fellowship with men. He became “God manifest in flesh.” In His last commission to His followers, He said, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20).
Here is a great way to look at Emanuel.
In the OT, it is – God For Us
In the Four Gospels, it is – God With Us
In the Acts and Epistles, it is – God In Us
“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Of course, He is for us, and with us, but, now, by His Spirit, He is always in us. He is our eternal Inhabitant – the Indweller Who will never leave us- the Comforter, abiding with us forever (John 14:16). (Herbert Lockyer)