Matthew 24-Mark 2 -It all points to Jesus!!

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I was struck by the fact that Matthew pointed out Old Testament scripture to back up how Judas and the religious leaders fulfilled prophecy.
"So they (the chief priests) decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners....Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:  They took the thirty pieces of silver , the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me." (Matthew 27:9)
I actually took the time to read the context of the scripture that my footnote referred me to read in  Jeremiah, 32: 6-9.  To be honest, I didn't really see the connection. HOWEVER, my footnote also referred me to read Zechariah 11:12-13 and that was remarkable how it was foretelling of the event we read in Matthew!!
"And the Lord said to me, "Throw it to the potter"- the handsome price at which they valued me!  So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord." (Zech 11:13)

Did Matthew mean to refer to the prophet Zechariah rather than Jeremiah?  I have no idea. There are several theories as to why Matthew wrote Jeremiah rather than Zechariah.
Here is one theory from a commentary I found on the subject:
"Much difficulty has been experienced in explaining this quotation. In ancient times, according to the Jewish writers; "Jeremiah" was reckoned the first of the prophets, and was placed first in the "Book of the Prophets," thus: Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and the twelve minor prophets. Some have thought that Matthew, quoting this place, quoted the Book of the Prophets under the name of that which had the "first" place in the book, that is, Jeremiah; and though the words are those of Zechariah, yet they are quoted correctly as the words of the Book of the Prophets, the first of which was Jeremiah." (Barnes Notes)

The fact is, prophesies the Lord gave 600 to 500 years before Christ came, not only spoke directly to the Jewish people of their time, but also pointed to the coming Messiah.  I have read a theologian once say that everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus in some way.  The reading in Matthew 27 is an example, to me, that makes that statement very true!

That makes reading the Old Testament fun!!  Next time you read the Old Testament, make it a treasure hunt for all the references you can find pointing to Jesus!!  I love treasure hunts!!


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