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Oct 23

The Murder of Infants




The Lord says,“A sound is heard in Ramah, a sound of crying in bitter grief.It is the sound of Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are gone.

Jeremiah 31:15


Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
“A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

Matthew 2:16-18


Ramah was in the region assigned to the tribe of Benjamin. Rachel weeps over the destruction of the north in 722 b.c. The words are quoted in Matt. 2:18 concerning Herod’s slaughter of the innocents.


The link between the two texts can be difficult to see:


Dennny Prutwo writes:


...both circumstances raise the same questions. What will become of God’s seed? How will God’s covenant promise be fulfilled? These questions remains unanswered in Jeremiah 31:15. The questions are already answered in Matthew 2:16-18. Jesus Christ fulfills God’s covenant promise. Jesus Christ is the precious seed. And this good news is the gospel of salvation to you and me.


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