Matthew 2: 13-18
Matthew 2:13-18 Continuing with the birth and childhood of Jesus, the Son of God, and the miraculous fulfillment of prophecies concerning Him. When King Herod, who had inquired of the visiting Babylonian Maji as to where this prophesied King of Israel was to be born, found out that the Maji had taken another way home, he became enraged. It’s comical when an accomplished liar finds out not everyone believes them and they become angry at the person who disbelieves. King Herod then demands that all male youth under the age of two, in and around Bethlehem are destroyed, for he wants no competition to his throne. This act then has been revealed to Joseph, by an angel of the LORD, prior to any action by the soldiers sent to destroy, to move his new family to Egypt for safety, until Herod dies. This also fulfills a prophecy, Hosea 11:1, describing both Israel as the beloved son of Jehovah, and the Greater Son, Jesus the Savior of Israel and mankind, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” A near and far fulfillment of the prophecy.
Another prophecy is then described in verse 18 as being fulfilled, Jeremiah 31:15-18, “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be comforted, because they were no more.” This is again a prophecy describing the agony that the women of Bethlehem incurred because of the actions taken by the demonic King Herod.
But again, as so many prophecies reveal, there is more than one fulfillment to them. Jeremiah said these were things to come, yet until this time there were no mass killings in the city of Ramah. Ramah is a city in Ephraim, to the north of Jerusalem, and of the southern kingdom, Judah. In the now divided kingdom, there are two southern tribes, Benjamin and Judah. The northern ten tribes, that broke away under the reign of Rehoboam, are known as Ephraim, it has been this way for centuries. Jeremiah in his prophecy in chapter 31, is unknowingly describing a prophecy of the Christ, yet also symbolically describing in near times, the breaking apart of Gods chosen people, and ultimately their restoration. Rachel being the wife of Jacob, is known as the mother of Israel, the entire nation, and there is great lamentations over the divided kingdom. Yet Jeremiah continues in verse 17, “there is hope for your future, and our children will return to their own territory. I have heard Ephraim grieving, You have chastised me, and I have been chastised, like an untrained calf….” A near and far fulfillment of the prophecy.
Psalm 148 “Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens, Praise him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His Hosts!” The psalmist calls for all creation to Praise Jehovah, everything that He created, everything that He established, everything that has breath and those things that don’t. “His Glory is above earth and Heaven. He has lifted up a horn for His people, Praise formal His Godly ones, even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the LORD.”
We can be sure of this, that Jehovah fulfills His word, His prophecies. In all times, in all circumstances, in all current events, in all the world, God is sovereign, nothing escapes His notice. He works all thing to the good, for the complete salvation of this who love Him and are called according to His Purpose. Rest assured that as prophecies have near and far fulfillments, all bring Praise to the Father, and instill hope in we who believe and love Him.