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How is Jeremiah 31:15 a prophecy for Jesus Christ?


This is what the Lord says:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
    mourning and great weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children
    and refusing to be comforted,
    because they are no more.” Jeremiah 31:15
            Jeremiah 31:15 is quoted in the book of Matthew 2:18.  It was recognized as containing information proving the reliability of Jesus as the Messiah.
            When Herod heard that a king would be born in his kingdom, he demanded that all children be executed who fit that age description in the city of Bethlehem.  Rachel gave birth to her son Benjamin there (Genesis 35:19), the last one of the twelve tribes.  Rachel died after giving birth.  So the prophecy turns Rachel into a metaphor for the mothers of Bethlehem saying they will cry and mourn one day as they cried and mourned for her.
            Herod’s death wish on the population caused that pain in Bethlehem like nothing before it or since, so it fit the prescribed event and gave one more piece of evidence that Jesus was the Messiah they were waiting for.