Last week we looked the prophecy from Isaiah about the Messiah’s name. This week let’s look at yet another prophecy from the Old Testament over which Jesus had no control. In Deuteronomy, Moses writes,
“Rejoice with him, O heavens; bow down to him, all gods, for he avenges the blood of his children and takes vengeance on his adversaries. He repays those who hate him and cleanses his people’s land.” [Deuteronomy 32:43]
Although not as crystal clear as certain other prophecies, Moses seems to indicate that the heavens would rejoice over the coming of the Messiah and bow down to him. Now, let’s turn our attention to a time roughly 1,500 years later when Jesus was born. Luke records the following event after the angel appeared to the shepherds in the field to announce the birth of the Messiah:
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” [Luke 2:13-14]
There was rejoicing amongst the angels at the birth of Jesus. The Book of Hebrews tells us that the angels worship Jesus:
And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” [Hebrews 1:6]
The angels rejoiced at the birth of Jesus and worshiped him in accordance with Old Testament prophecy. We should do the same! As indicated earlier, this does not appear to be a prophecy that is as obvious as some of the others we have looked at, and will look at, in other Monday Morning Prophecies. However, taken as a whole, it is clear that God spoke through his prophets hundreds of years prior to the birth of Jesus to tell people about the coming Messiah. All of these prophecies serve as proof for the supernatural inspiration of scripture.
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