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Matthew 2 – Coming Together

This is one of those things that i find so awesome about the Bible and the scriptures.  How even the little things mean a whole lot.  And, how everything seems to just come together.  It becomes clear that God is a step ahead of man and his work… or hundreds, even thousands of years ahead.  In this chapter we see AT LEAST four different prophecies being fulfilled in those first years of His life.

What’s even more interesting to me is that of these four prophecies, three of them seem to be contradictory of one another.  The first one states that from Bethlehem of Judah will come forth the ruler (Messiah).  Thus Jesus, the Christ, is born in Bethlehem.  The second says that “Out of Egypt I called My Son”.  So the Messiah is to come out of Egypt… wasn’t He supposed to come out of Bethlehem of Judah, not Egypt?  Yet here He is, the Messiah coming out of Egypt as well.  Then there’s the prophecy that, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”  He shall be called a Nazarene because He came out of Nazareth.  So now we have three different conflicting prophecies being fulfilled by the same child.

This is what i love about the scriptures.  In what seems like an insurmountable conflict and opposing ideas, there is a smooth and elegant solution that surpasses and bypasses our lack of understanding.  Prior to understanding how all of this comes together in the end, these three passages could almost seem impossible to reconcile together.  Yet God / YHWH brought it all together.  That brings us back to the conflict mentioned in chapter 1’s post.  The conflict seems almost insurmountable with no real answer in sight, and it may remain that way through your entire life.  Yet, as we can see from this chapter; what seems impossible to man, is more than possible with God / YHWH.

I have answers to the conflict of Chapter 1, but i will not give them at this time.  Faith, Hope, and Love abide.  In this conflict, pursue those things.

Rev. John Camiolo

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Exodus 2 – The Battle

Every time i read this i see the parallels throughout history; Pharaoh has the Israelite babies killed because the Israelites are becoming too numerous and they might hinder his prosperity.  When the people of Israel entered the promised land and did not remove all of the inhabitants the worship of Molech continued.  As a result, the Israelites began sacrificing their firstborn child to Molech so that they would be blessed with prosperity.  King Herod had all of the newborns from the town of Bethlehem killed because one of them was to be a king which would affect him and his prosperity.  Today it is acceptable for people the world over to kill off our own baby if it’s life is going to be an inconvenience to its mother.  …if it’s life might hinder the mother’s chance for “prosperity”.

There are other instances of this in history as well.  It really makes me wonder; are we fighting new battles, or are they the same old battles with the same old enemy just expressed in a new way?  Ephesians 6:12 says “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

When we are fighting for the lives of our children, who is the battle really against?  Is it against those people who would take the lives of our children for a profit?  Is it against those who would choose to end their child’s lives because their child is an inconvenience to their own life?  Or is the battle much more than that?  Are we battling against flesh and blood, or are we battling against spiritual forces that have been waging this war for millennia?  Is this a war about “choice” or is it much deeper than that?  If it is a deeper level battle, then what?

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