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1.7 Synoptics -- Preaching Ministry

Right at the start of Jesus' ministry, Matthew quotes the same passage from Isa 9:1-2 that Luke cites in Zechariah's song of praise (Lk 1:79) and Simeon's prophecy (Lk 2:32):

        "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
        the way to the sea, along the Jordan,
        Galilee of the Gentiles—
        the people living in darkness have seen a great light;
        on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned" (Mat 4:15-16).

Matthew makes an explicit connection between the ancient prophecy and its fulfillment in Jesus -- despite the fact that Jesus seldom ministered to Gentiles.


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