But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.
Matthew is often known as the gospel for the Jewish people. He makes a point of frequently referring to the Old Testament prophecies to show that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. This is precisely what Jesus said of himself; Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. Matthew 5:17. It is a wonderful thing to realise that Jesus can be traced right back to Genesis; Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3.
In the story of the road to Emmaus, we are told that, beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself Luke 24:27. What an amazing and enlightening walk that must have been! Perhaps one day we will get to talk with those two disciples and realise more and more that the whole Bible is about one Person. The One who is Emmanuel, the Son of God, the Alpha and Omega.