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    In what ways did the circumstances of Jesus' birth (according to the Gospels) fulfill the Jewish expectation of a Messiah and the Kingdom of God?

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    The Jews understood that the birth of their Messiah would herald a new age, in which the kingdom of God would appear, and God would triumph over evil. Many prophecies of the Old Testament pointed to this time, which were fulfilled with remarkable accuracy in the birth of Jesus.

    First, God promised deliverance would come through a son of Abraham. In Genesis 12:3, God told Abraham, "In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." The Jews and the New Testament authors understood this would come through the Messiah.

    Second, the Messiah would be a son of king David, and He Himself would be a king. In II Samuel 7:16, God promised David, "And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy ...

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    This solution of 508 words contemplates the Jewish expectation of a Messiah and Jesus' birth. It refers to specific psalms and also explains the circumstances of the Kingdom of God.