Matthew 2:15

New Testament

13 After they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to look for the child to kill him.” 14 Then he got up, took the child and his mother during the night, and went to Egypt. 15 He stayed there until Herod died. In this way what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled: “I called my Son out of Egypt.” 16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became enraged. He sent men to kill all the children in Bethlehem and throughout the surrounding region from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men. 17 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:

4 Ezra 6:58

2 Esdras

56 and that all the rest of the nations descended from Adam are nothing, that they are no better than spittle, and, for all their numbers, no more than a drop from a bucket. 57 And yet, O Lord, those nations which count for nothing are today ruling over us and devouring us; 58 and we, your people, have been put into their power - your people, whom you have called your first-born, your only son, your champion, and your best beloved. 59 Was the world really made for us? Why then, may we not take possession of our world? How much longer shall it be so?’

 Notes and References

"... In the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, God is presented as a loving Father who draws Israel reck to Himself as His son. God will bring His kindgom and destroy Israel's enemies on account of His sons. As God's sons, Israelites are under God's guidance and protection. Those who are God's sons in truth will receive His majesty, and God will rejoice in His sons forever. In Jubilees 1:25-26, God tells Israel, 'I will be their Father and they shall be My children. And they all shall be called Children of the living God ... I am their Father ... I love them.' Israel as God's son should live in righteousness. In Jubilees, physical descent fran Jacob makes one part of God's children. Israel's sonship carries ethical accountability. Israel is called God's 'firstborn' son a number of times. In 4 Ezra 6:58, the suffering of 'your people whom you have called your firstborn, your only begotten' is lamented. Ethiopic Enoch 62:11 says that God will take vengeance on those who mistreat His elect children. Israelites are called the "sons of heaven" in 101:1 ..."

Brindle, Wayne Allan A Definition of the Title "Son of God" in the Synoptic Gospels (pp. 101-103) Dallas Theological Seminary, 1988

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