When you see quotes in New Testament passages that usually start with “for it is written”, they are there to refer you back to the Old Testament. Cross references show us how New Testament events were prophesied in the Old Testament. This proves that the prophets mentioned in the OT were indeed inspired by God.
The book of Matthew was written by the apostle Matthew who was a Tax Collector before Jesus called him to follow Him. This gospel book tells the story of Jesus’ life from birth to death and resurrection and teaches us about God.
Cross references help us see that God never changes, he is the same throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament. These particular passages show us God’s love, graciousness, patience, sovereignty, mercy, justice, and righteousness.
Cross References in the Book of Matthew
- Matthew 1:23 = Isaiah 7:14
- Matthew 2:6 = Micah 5:2
- Matthew 2:18 = Jeremiah 31:15
- Matthew 3:3 = Isaiah 40:3
- Matthew 4: 4 = Deuteronomy 8:3
- Matthew 4:6 = Psalm 91:11-12
- Matthew 4:10 = Deuteronomy 6:13-14
- Matthew 4:15-16 = Isaiah 9:1-2
- Matthew 11:10 = Malachi 3:1
- Matthew 12:17-21 = Isaiah 42:1-2
- Matthew 13:14-15 = Isaiah 6:9-10
- Matthew 13:35 = Psalm 78:2
- Matthew 21:5 = Zechariah 9:9-10
- Matthew 21:16 = Psalm 8:2
- Matthew 21:42 = Psalm 118:22-23
- Matthew 22:44 = Psalm 110:1
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