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

            stand tall

            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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