Sunday 11 November 2012

The effect of the birth of Jesus in Matthew

Herod ordered the murder of children in Bethlehem in an attempt to destroy Jesus. Matthew compared this to a mother who lost a child. Who was the mother? 
(a) Rachel 
(b) Hagar 
(c) Naomi 
(d) Ruth


  1. (a) Rachel

    Matthew's characteristic way of using the Old Testament. He quotes Jer.31:15, "Thus says the Lord: a voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping; Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are not."
    The verse in Jeremiah has no connection with Herod's slaughter of the children: the picture in Jeremiah was this. Jeremiah was picturing the people of Jerusalem being led away in exile. In their sad way to an alien land they pass Ramah, and Ramah was the place where Rachel lay buried (1Sam.10:2); and Jeremiah pictures Rachel weeping, even in the tomb, for the fate that had befallen the people.


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