Reflection Paper On Isaiah

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The writer of the Gospel of Matthew (hereafter simply referred to as Matthew) makes clear reference to Isaiah in his depiction of Christ. A quick Google search reveals no shortage of evidence and agreement on this matter. In fact, every Christmas Christians gather around and routinely read one of the most famous Advent passages, Matthew 1:21-22, “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:” (ESV) The fact that this passage is so familiar may, in fact, be one of the major obstacles in our misuse of it. We see that Matthew points out that these things occurred in order to fulfill prophecy and it is not hard to see that Isaiah is clearly the prophet in question and chapter seven of Isaiah is what Matthew is referring to.…show more content…
We simply cannot make a claim that a portion of scripture which came before another was trying to reference the one that came later. And yet, sadly, this is what tends to happen with Matthew - and chapter 1 verses 21 and 22 in particular. We read Matthew state that “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet” and we then return to Isaiah for verification. The problem with this approach is twofold. Firstly, as I previously laid out, we cannot be certain of our conclusions. The truth is, if we are to maintain integrity of thought, we must start in Isaiah and work forward to Matthew. Secondly (and one of the focuses with this paper), it would negate any meaning that Isaiah had between when it was written and when Matthew wrote his

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