Matthew 2, the visit of the Magi, flight to Egypt, the massacre in Ramah, return to Nazareth.

The Magi were the scientists of that day, combining astronomy, astrology, calendar keeping and natural sciences.

This passage is particularly interesting, with verse 15 put in the middle of a passage full of the most wonderful promises for Israel, ending with “a woman shall encompass a man.”

One of the possible sources for the  last quote:

In the Arab world, Christians are named Nazarenes, symbolized with the letter ‘Nun’ .

It was painted on Christian homes in Mosul  during the ISIS occupation, and Christians were systematically removed and some of  them killed.

Exclusive CNN images capturing the homes of Christian families forced to leave the city by ISIS

 

 

Isaiah 63, the LORD’s Judgment and Salvation, God’s Mercy Remembered, a Prayer.

“He has trampled out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored”

From Revelation 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

 

Isaiah 61, the Year of the LORD’s favor, the Good News of Salvation.

This is the same Holy Spirit that is granted all who truly believe.

This was the passage Jesus read in the synagogue of Nazareth right after his temptation in the wilderness at the very beginning of his ministry.

We are still in the year of the LORD’s favor, but before the day of vengeance, the age of grace.

A more exact translation: A Kingdom of Priests.

According to Mosaic Law the firstborn receives a double portion.

The everlasting covenant between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit existed before the beginning of time, before creation. The manifestation on Earth happened at the appointed time.