How many times have you been puzzled by something, only to understand it at a later time. Not something you are studying and learning… but an event or statement or situation… that just seems out of place or at least out of context. You’re perplexed at its meaning or purpose. But at some point in the future, could be hours or decades, something else happens that makes it all clear. Yep, that’s the power of Hindsight. ‘If I knew then what I know now’, kind of thing. There’s a reason we say that hindsight is 20/20.
The Old Testament prophets were translating what the Holy Spirit was telling them. In many various ways, they heard the Word of the Lord and delivered it to the people of the time. Many of their messages seemed cryptic at the time I would imagine. Many of their messages were actually pointing to the coming of the Messiah. The Jews knew this much, they expected a Messiah as a result of these prophecies. But still, even know they knew these scriptures by heart and knew they pointed to the Messiah, many of them missed it as they were fulfilled.
In one chapter, Matthew 2, three different scriptures by three different prophets from three different times in history, all come together. Micah, Hosea and Jeremiah all have prophecies fulfilled in this one chapter.
First, the prophecy of how the wise men knew where to worship the baby Messiah. “And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” (Matt 2:6) This verse comes from Micah 5:2.
Then, the prophecy that the Son of God would be called not from Bethlehem but from Egypt. “Out of Egypt I called my son”, taken right out of Hosea 11:1.
And finally the fact that Herod would react in a way that would eliminate all the male children. “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” This came from Jeremiah 31:15.
It is said that Jesus actually fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Old Testament. Now some of these could possibly be chalked up to coincidence, and others could even be attributed to loose translations of the original prophecy. But certainly not all of them. In fact, there’s a great and short article here about the mathematical odds of Jesus fulfilling just eight of them. It’s quite staggering.
But back to the point. We often judge the Jews of the time for not seeing what was right in front of their face, for missing all of the signs that pointed to Jesus being the Messiah. However, just like the writers of the New Testament had hindsight to view the OT scriptures in context now, we have two millennia worth of hindsight now.
As you reflect on all of this scripture today, I want you to think of the things going on right now in your life that you just don’t quite get. I am 100% confident that our God is completely sovereign. This means that at some point in the future, this will all make more sense. Perhaps that future is only hours away or perhaps that future is not until you are welcomed home by your Father in Heaven, but in either case, that future will happen.
Just remember what He tells us in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
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