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Sermon Notes: Matthew 2:13-23

Sermon Notes: Matthew 2:13-23


Scripture: Matthew 2:13-23

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: June 18, 2023





Jesus, the faithful son of God, came to accomplish what no one else could – our redemption.


  • Fulfillment Formula:
    • Matthew 1:22 “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord has spoken by the prophet”
    • Matthew 1:5 “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet
    • Matthew 2:15, “This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet
    • Matthew 2:17, “Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah”
    • Matthew 2:23 “so what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled
  • See OT Passages:
    • Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: “Israel is My son, My firstborn. Exodus 4:22 (NASB)
      • Hosea 11:1-2



  1. God is sovereign and good, trust and obey Him even when you don’t understand.


  1. In the midst of evil and suffering, hope in the Lord, for God will destroy evil and He will comfort His People. 
    1. Genesis 35:19
    2. Jeremiah 31:14-17 (cf. Matthew 2:18)
  1. Jeremiah 40:1


  1. Jesus descended to the lowest places to rescue us. Hold on to Jesus!
    1. Isaiah 11:1
  1. “branch” (nêtser) (nezir) — (NZR) Nazarite
    1. Jeremiah 23:5; 33:15
    2. Zechariah 3:8; 6:12







  • The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus.
  • There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group.
  • Feel free to edit/rephrase the questions to fit your personality and style.



  1. What stood out to you from the sermon (or from the passage)?
  2. What parts are the most challenging and why?
  3. What parts are the most exciting/helpful and why?







  1. Notice how Joseph continued to be obedient to God every step of the way, even when he didn’t have the full picture of God’s plan. How does this encourage you to be obedient to God, even when you don’t know what the outcome will be?


  1. In what ways is God showing that his ultimate plans cannot be thwarted by worldly opposition? How does this comfort you when circumstances in the world are beyond our control?


  1. In what ways is Jesus the complete opposite of Herod in how he uses His power? What can this teach us about what godly leadership looks like? (see MATTHEW 20:25-28)


  1. What similarities and what differences do you notice about the events in this passage and the first two chapters of Exodus?
  • In what ways is Matthew showing that Jesus is a new Moses?






LEADER’S NOTE: By quoting Hosea 11:1 (“out of Egypt I called my son) and Jeremiah 31:15 (“A voice was heard in Ramah…”), Matthew is reminding his original readers of the Exodus and the Babylonian Exile. The purpose of this is to show how Israel, at the time of Jesus’ Incarnation, was in a similar moment in History.


  1. What similarities do you notice between the Exodus, the Babylonian Captivity and the nation of Israel during the Incarnation of Jesus?
  • How is Jesus the final solution that Israel needs?
  • In what ways can we relate to this in our current moment in history?


  1. Even though the threat of Herod had been removed, this did not mean that Jesus was totally safe (and really he wouldn’t be throughout His earthly ministry).
  • What do we learn in His example about the World’s ability to produce enemies against God’s purposes?
  • How does this encourage us to live in our fallen world?


  1. Jesus lived in relative obscurity for 30 years as a carpenter’s son in Nazareth before His ministry began. How have you seen God use seasons like this in your life to prepare you for His work?


LEADER’S NOTE: Notice how in verse 23, no specific prophet is mentioned, but Matthew says that Jesus is fulfilling the prophets (plural). This is because in its historical context “Nazarene” would have held the connotation of “despised” or “a nobody” (see John 1:46). And so this would be a more general fulfillment multiple prophetic passages (most notably Isaiah 53:3).


  1. READ PSALM 53:3-6. In what ways do we see Jesus as a fulfillment of this Psalm?
  • How is this good news for you and me today?
  • How does it comfort you to know that our God and Savior is “acquainted with grief” and has “borne our grief”?
  • How have you experienced God’s comfort in times of grief?


  1. Why is it so shocking that the Son of God was raised in a small town in the middle of nowhere? What does this suggest about the miracle that we are still worshiping Jesus 2,000 years later, all over the world?