13 After they had gone, an angel of Adonai appeared to Yosef in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and escape to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you to leave. For Herod is going to look for the child in order to kill him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother, and left during the night for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until Herod died. This happened in order to fulfill what Adonaihad said through the prophet,
“Out of Egypt I called my son.”[b]
16 Meanwhile, when Herod realized that the Magi had tricked him, he was furious and gave orders to kill all the boys in and around Beit-Lechem who were two years old or less, calculating from the time the Magi had told him. 17 In this way were fulfilled the words spoken through the prophet Yirmeyahu,
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and lamenting loudly. It was Rachel sobbing for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no longer alive.”[c]
19 After Herod’s death, an angel of Adonai appeared in a dream to Yosef in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to Eretz-Yisra’el, for those who wanted to kill the child are dead.” 21 So he got up, took the child and his mother, and went back to Eretz-Yisra’el. 22 However, when he heard that Archelaus had succeeded his father Herod as king of Y’hudah, he was afraid to go there. Warned in a dream, he withdrew to the Galil 23 and settled in a town called Natzeret, so that what had been spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he will be called a Natzrati.
The bolded words above were all part of the Complete Jewish Bible narrative to highlight words from the Prophets. I added the bold in the last sentence, "spoken by the prophets" because this is also key to our understanding. In this short passage there are several prophecies fulfilled.
1. Jesus came "Out of Egypt." (Hosea 11:1)
2. The young boys were killed. (Jeremiah 31:14-15)
3. Jesus and His family settled in Nazareth. (several prophets)
There was also a prophecy fulfilled in the early part of this chapter. Micah 5:1-2 it was written/told that there would be a Ruler from Bethlehem. Herod was told about this in verse 6.
Not all of us take time to look back and see where prophecies were actually told/written. Hopefully this gives you a piece into how some of these happened.
Why would the prophet write "Rachel sobbing for her children?" Rachel is buried in Bethlehem. It is the one place, on the outskirts by Jerusalem, that the Jewish people are allowed to visit - Rachel's Tomb.
Stop and reflect on HOW God brought these fulfillments to pass. The "Old" was never "done away with." It was simply fulfilled. Torah was brought to LIFE when these things happened.
Love and blessings,
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