TODAY'S LESSON ...
One more Lesson
about "Ramah," an ancient Bible city. It's the location the
author of the Gospel of Matthew chose to name in reference to
Jesus' exile in Egypt. When our Lord was less than two years
They, Joseph and
Mary and Jesus, are already in Africa when Matthew takes up
Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was
exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that
were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years
old and under, according to the time which he had diligently
enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was
spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a
voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be
comforted, because they are not. But when Herod was dead,
behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in
Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother,
and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought
the young child's life."
The reference to
"Rama" is part of a quotation from the Old Testament, Jeremiah
saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation,
and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children
refused to be comforted for her children, because they were
By the way,
"Ramah" in Hebrew means "hill, high place, height." It's derived
from the verb "rum," meaning "to rise, to go up, to be exalted."
The definition alone "hints" at something about Jesus. He is a
Boy, though the very Son of God, Who was born to "poor" parents.
He is a not a Member of society's "high and mighty" class. He
has been rushed to Egypt by His parents because the King hates
But some day He,
this little Boy, will be exalted! He will rule this world, as
King of kings and Lord of lords! No wonder "Rama" has entered
Matthew's vocabulary in this context!
"setting" in Jeremiah 31 is unique too. Verse 31, Matthew's
Spirit guided "choice," is one of the few "sad" places in the
whole chapter! Everything else is bright, victorious! As if to
may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
In other words,
with the young Jesus in Egypt, things are dangerous, secretive,
bleak! But in time, when God fulfills His Plan for Israel and
the Nations of the world, "joy" will indeed flood the land!
As I said
earlier in this series of lessons, Matthew seems to be writing
material that has several "layers" of meaning! That may be true
of everything the Holy Spirit composes! "Rama," I'm amazed at
what the name of that little place implies!
And hopefully we
have all learned fresh truths about how the New Testament
employs, both by directly quoting and by obliquely alluding, the
Old Testament so successfully!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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