Archive for May 11th, 2017

Matthew 2

Matthew 2 picks up the story after Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  Herod was king, and he talks to the wise men from the east who came to Jerusalem.  They wanted to know “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews”?  That causes Herod some concern, because he was king, at least in his own mind.  But the wise men were there looking for this coming king because they “saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him”.  Herod immediately goes into preservation mode and wants to know everything they know about this new king.

So Herod calls together all the smart people in his kingdom “assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people….he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born”.  They knew it was Bethlehem, so Herod asks the wise men to go find the new king and report back.  “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him”.  These were wise men that he was talking to, and they knew he had no intention of going to worship the One who would dethrone him.  At least that was what he thought was going to happen.

So the wise men take off and head toward Bethlehem.  They see the star that was hovering over the place Christ was, and “when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy”.  These guys had traveled a long way to see something that was remarkable.  They found the child and “they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh”.  God warns them to go back a different way so Herod would not discover where the Christ child was, and they left the country and headed home.

Joseph gets a message directly from God that it was time to get out of town and go somewhere safe.  Herod is coming after the child, and once he figures out the wise men weren’t coming back with the information, he orders his thugs to kill every child age two and under to attempt to get rid of Jesus. God tells Joseph in a dream to ““Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you”.  So they immediately fled and stayed under the radar until time passes.  Then  God tells Joseph in a dream to “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”  Joseph hears God and obeys His voice immediately on each occasion.  We can learn much from that!

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