Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Matthew 2

Matthew 2

The Magi Visit the Messiah
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magia]">[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6 “‘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 shepherd my people Israel.’b]">[b]

7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

The Escape to Egypt
13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”c]">[c]

16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”d]">[d]

The Return to Nazareth
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”

21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

  1. Matthew 2:1 Traditionally wise men
  2. Matthew 2:6 Micah 5:2,4
  3. Matthew 2:15 Hosea 11:1
  4. Matthew 2:18 Jer. 31:15

1 comment:

  1. So I just did some research and found out a couple of interesting things about Matthew 2. First of all, the Magi were probably from Persia and I even remember hearing from Moody radio that recent research show that they might have even came from China. No where in the Bible says that there were 3 of them as most traditions show, but they are usually portrayed as 3 because they were carrying 3 gifts.

    The 3 gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. I read that the significance for each gift could be (might not be):
    gold represents Kingship of Christ because gold was considered a gift fit for royalty
    frankincense represents the Priesthood of Christ because the ancient people used to burn frankincense, believing it to carry their prayers to heaven
    myrrh represents Christ as Savior because it was used as a embalming ointment when someone died. Myrrh was actually one of the spices used when Jesus died on the Cross (Jn 19:38-40).

    The interesting thing about the Magi coming was that they should be considered one of the least expected group of people to worship Christ since they were non-Jewish priests/wise men. The people most expected to worship Him (Israel) did not and was rather disturbed by His arrival (Mt 2:3).

    Another misconception of the Magi was that they arrived up to 2 years after Christ's birth (which is why Herod orders boys of the age of 2 and under to be killed). That means the scene with the Magi (or wise men) should not take place at the manger scene, but at the home Mary and Joseph lived in Bethlehem.

    King Herod was a ruthless king and orders that all boys under the age of 2 in the vicinity of Bethlehem to be killed. We have to know two things to understand this part of Matthew 2 better. King Herod was so ruthless that it is written that he once murdered his wife, several sons, and relatives. Second, Bethlehem was a small town that probably had about 10 to 30 boys at the time.

    Anyways, I hope you guys found that interesting and share my feeling of awe and respect for the Word of God. God's Word is so amazing...