From Pastor Perry

Matthew 3:4–6 (ESV)

John the Baptist Prepare the Way

Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

 

I have always referred to this as the fashion show.  John is sporting a Calvin Klein camel’s hair coat, accessorized with a Alexander Julian leather belt.  Ok… I may be putting too much into this, but I think it is funny.  Why does the Bible mention this?  Because he is wearing the clothes of a prophet.  The people would have recognized John as a prophet.  Not only is he dressed different, but his diet is different.  That’s why it is mentioned.  People from all over were coming to see this strange man… the prophet John.

 

I pray: O Lord, help me to focus on you and to hunger for your Word.  Amen.

Matthew 3:1–3 (ESV)

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

3 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,

      “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

       ‘Prepare the way of the Lord;

make his paths straight.’ ”

 

John is the fulfillment of “the one crying in the wilderness.”  His message was simple: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Such a simple message.  But what does “repent” mean?  To repent means to acknowledge that what you did was wrong (sorry) and to turn from that sin back to God (change).  I like to think about driving down the highway and you realize you are headed the wrong direction.  You must stop and turn around.

 

I pray: O Lord, help me to repent of my sins and to turn from my sins and focus on You.  Amen.

Matthew 2:19–23 (ESV)

The Return to Nazareth

19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.

 

Again we see how Joseph obeyed the Lord.  He leaves Egypt and heads back home, but he is warned in a dream and they go to Nazareth.  This fulfills two prophecies.  One prophecy says he will be from Bethlehem and the other says he will be from Nazareth.  Well, both are true.

 

I pray: O Lord, help me to follow the ways of the Lord.  Amen.

Matthew 2:16–18 (ESV)

Herod Kills the Children

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

18    “A voice was heard in Ramah,

weeping and loud lamentation,

       Rachel weeping for her children;

she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

 

The young boys of Bethlehem die, but Jesus escapes. He escapes death at the hands of Herod, that later He might die on the cross for all sinners, even ones so cruel as Herod or so young as two-year-olds. Jesus sacrificed His innocent life to redeem all people from sin, death, and the power of the devil. Trusting in Jesus, we have perfect innocence before our Father in heaven.

 

 

I pray:  We praise You, Jesus, for willingly giving up Your life at the proper time for our salvation. Amen.

 

 

Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 1580). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.

Matthew 2:13–15 (ESV)

The Flight to Egypt

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

 

 

I tend to beat myself down over this passage.  An angel of the Lord tells Joseph to get up and go to Egypt.  I’m glad it was Joseph and not me.  I’m afraid (being honest)… I would have told God that we will head out first thing in the morning and roll over and go back to sleep.  I must admit that I don’t know how convincing the angel of the Lord was… I just know how I am in the middle of the night.  I would like to think that I too would have gotten up and went in the middle of the night.

 

I pray: O Lord, help me to be obedient to your Word and to react quickly like Joseph.  Amen.

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