As I mentioned in a previous post, Matthew constantly points to Old Testament passages to show Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. In Matthew 4:12-17, Matthew quotes Isaiah 9:1-2 to show Jesus lived in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali to fulfill prophecy. Evidentialists (apologists that rely on proofs to support the claims of Christianity) often point to fulfilled prophecy as evidence of the divine origin of Scripture. Even those who utilize a different approach to apologetics (presuppositional, classical, etc.) should recognize the value of fulfilled prophecy.
Fulfilled prophecy is one of many reasons I believe in the inspiration of Scripture. Here, Matthew sees Jesus move to Capernaum as the fulfillment of Isaiah 9:1-2. Isaiah prophesied about “a great light” appearing to those who were “dwelling in darkness” in Zebulun and Naphtali (vs. 16). This light dawned on “those dwelling in the region and shadow of death” (vs. 16). According to Matthew, Jesus was this “great light,” and the Gospels bear this out. Jesus is the “light of the world,” after all! Jesus fulfilled this prophecy, revealing the inspiration (only God could predict this and bring it to pass) and trustworthiness of the Bible.
If we believe the Bible is inspired by God and able to be trusted, our response should be to value Scripture. We should read it and obey it. We should memorize it and share it. So, don’t be a Christian who knows about fulfilled prophecy, inspiration, and inerrancy but fails to spend time in the Word of God. Instead, commit to dwelling in the Word daily. Allow the light of the world to shine through the pages of Scripture and into your heart, conforming you into His image!