Fulfillment in Matthew

  • Prophecies
    • Matthew 1:22-23 – A virgin shall bear a son whose name shall be Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).
    • Matthew 2:5-6 – The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
    • Matthew 2:13-15 – God calls His Son out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1; Numbers 24:8); mirrors the deliverance of Israel from Egypt in the Exodus.
    • Matthew 2:17-18 – Herod calls for the massacre of all male babies in Bethlehem (31:15); mirrors Pharaoh’s attempt to wipe out Israel’s progeny.
    • Matthew 2:21-23 – The Messiah shall be called a Nazarene (exact OT reference here seems to be in dispute; some cite it as the “Branch/Shoot” of Jesse in Isaiah 11:1).
    • Matthew 4:12-17 – In the dark lands of Naphtali and Zebulun, “Galilee of the Gentiles,” a great light dawns (Isaiah 9:1-2).  At this time, Jesus begins to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
    • Matthew 8:16-17 – The Messiah took away disease and infirmity from us (Isaiah 53:4).
    • Matthew 11:7-10 – John the Baptist’s identification as the messenger who will go before the Messiah to prepare the way (Malachi 3:1).
    • Matthew 12:14-21 – The Messiah will come in meekness and quietness, proclaiming justice, filled with the Spirit (Isaiah 42:1-3; Isaiah 61:1).
    • Matthew 13:10-15 – Outside of the disciples, Israel will be deaf, blind, and ignorant regarding the Messiah (Isaiah 6:9-10).
    • Matthew 13:34-35 – The Messiah will speak in parables, revealing things that have been hidden through the ages (Psalm 78:2).
    • Matthew 15:3-9 – The Pharisees hold the traditions of men over the Word of God, giving lip-service to His Name with disengaged hearts (Isaiah 29:13).
    • Matthew 21:1-5 – The King will enter triumphantly on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9).
    • Matthew 22:41-45 – Jesus unfolds the mystery of why David would refer both to God and his own descendant as “Lord” (Psalm 110:1).
    • Matthew 27:3-10 – The use of thirty pieces of silver to buy a potter’s field (Zechariah 11:12-13, which may be referencing several places in Jeremiah).
  • Other
    • Matthew 3:15 – Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist “to fulfill all righteousness.”
    • Matthew 5:17-19 – Jesus has come not to abolish but to keep and fulfill the Law and the Prophets.
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