History Repeats Itself
The Gospel of Matthew:
A Study of the Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
God has determined to use specific events and episodes in history to point forward to greater events He would bring about in the future. One Bible scholar says,
“When the [biblical writers] rehearse what God has done for them in the past, they do so to shape the expectation that God will act the same way in the future.”
“There are over 120 explicit…references to the Exodus in [the OT]…and it is difficult to exaggerate its importance.
Foundational to Israel’s self-perception (Deut. 6:20-25)— they are here first designated a people (Ex. 1:9)—it is recalled in liturgy…prayer…and sermon. As the preeminent saving event in their history (Deut. 4:32-40), the Exodus profoundly shaped Israel’s social structures, calendars, remembrance of the ancient past, and hopes of future restoration” (NDBT, 478).
The OT prophets looked forward to a day in the future when God would again save His people as He had done in the past. They looked forward to a NEW and GREATER Exodus (Is. 11:11-16; Jer. 16:14-15; 31:31-34).
What are two "echoes of the Exodus" in Matthew 2:13-23?
The Escape into Egypt (v. 13-15)
What can fathers (and grandfathers) learn from Joseph's example?
A. Joseph shows us how to Prioritize God in our lives (1:24-25; 2:14)
"So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night..." (v. 14)
B. Joseph shows us how to Protect our families (2:14-15)
Matthew connects the history of Israel to the life of Christ (Hos. 11:1 quoted in 2:15). Israel was a "type" (or picture) of Jesus Christ.
- The Exodus out of Egypt (v. 16-23)
History again repeats itself: Just like God brought the nation of Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land, so God brought Jesus, the new and greater Israel, out of the land of Egypt and into the land of Israel. What had happened in the past paved the way for what would happen in the future.
*Jesus is our "Passover Lamb" (1 Cor. 5:7) who died to redeem us from sin, the land of slavery, and He is also our "New Moses" who brings us out of slavery and into His eternal kingdom (Col. 1:13). In a word, Jesus brought about a New Exodus for all who believe!