Herod probably set the age of two years old in order to be sure he killed the one who was to be king, thinking that the wise men had been traveling for some time. The incident that follows is narrated by all the Evangelists except St. Luke, who may either not have heard it from his informants, or, if he had heard it, may have passed it over as having already recorded a fact of like character (Luke 7:37-40). It is not likely, had he been a leper at the time, that men would have gathered to a feast at his house, and it is natural to infer that our Lord had healed him, but that the name still adhered to him to distinguish him from other Simons. There is not a great deal that we can find that is exactly the same in its teaching, but if we look for the theme of homage to Jesus, that opens up several passages. And so the narrative also reminds us that this child Jesus was far more than a future king. The final section (vv. And after they received confirmation from the Bible and from the Star, they knew this was of God, and so they came and worshiped him. who will be the shepherd of my people Israel’.”, 7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. The scribes and teachers of the law knew exactly where Messiah was to be born, for they knew the Scripture very well. And so the thought of a king being born was an immediate threat. The evidence of their worship came in the gifts they gave, gifts fit for a divine king. Many find the most strength in God and in their families, and bible verses about family help serve as a reminder of that strength. Leah: The Woman No Man Loved But Every Woman Envied (Gen. 29:15-35), 1. Isaiah’s use of the “Servant” has several levels of meaning, but ultimately the “Servant” in the relevant passages (Isa. They arrive in the palace, they receive directions, they are “coached” by the king, they visit Bethlehem, and they do homage to the child. A primary pronoun of the first person I. Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular. He certainly represents the response of the unbeliever to the news of the coming of the Messiah. So what the Magi do here is a little preview of what everyone will do in the future, bow before Him as Lord and King. In, on, among. A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. Now there are some other Old Testament passages that are significant for the interpretation of this chapter. 7,8), and the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem where they worshiped the child and presented their gifts (vv. In verse 7, then, it adds that kings and princes will bow down before this chosen one, this Servant. I, the first-person pronoun. 7:9-14). Hebrews 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Later, Daniel would see this “Son of Man” in heaven receiving kingship from the Ancient of Days, clearly revealing that the Messiah was sent into the world (Dan. According to Isaiah 49 the “Servant” not only will restore the fortunes of Israel (which means in this chapter the “Servant” cannot be Israel, not in the final analysis), but will also be a light to the nations, to bring salvation to the ends of the earth (v. 6). By recording this event Matthew certainly has in mind that the natural response to Jesus is not simply homage as to a king, but worship to the Lord of heaven and earth. . In this section the individual acts will have to be explained. or early 4 B.C., the wise men showed up in early spring, and Herod the Great died shortly after have the children slaughtered. goings out] are from of old, from ancient times [days of eternity].” This final section of the verse by itself could be given a couple of different interpretations; but when put together with other prophecies about the Messiah, it becomes clear that it reveals that Messiah was pre-existent, that He had an ancient history of activities before “coming forth” in Bethlehem. The scribes probably had most if not all of it memorized. But the passage emphasizes that they received the sign from heaven, heard the word from Scripture, were led to the exact place by the star, and naturally bowed and worshiped him. Bethlehem was a very small community; it would not likely have had an “inn,” at least not in any sense that we today have. By recording the answer of the scribes to Herod, Matthew has reminded his readers that Jesus is this promised Messiah who was to be born in Bethlehem, and that His “goings were from everlasting.” This is why in Matthew’s view it was fitting for the wise men to worship Him. for out of you will come a ruler What we want to do now is to try to state briefly what this passage is revealing to us about the plan of God in Christ Jesus. If you go back and read a bit of the context of Micah 5:2, say from 4:6--5:5, you will see that the passage is concerned with the announcement of the Babylonian captivity and the death and destruction that will accompany the invasion of the land. If they had inquired about it further, they might have discovered that this one who was to be born would be special, worthy of worship. In other words, what is the significance of this whole event? He was Idumaean--an Edomite, a descendant of Esau and not Jacob. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 7 and 8). The idea of homage from the nations is repeated in verse 23. But at the first coming of Jesus, there were token events, previews of that ultimate homage, that made it clear that Jesus was the one to whom this adoration and homage would come. These types of wise men were diligent to discover what signs and omens meant. The straight answer is that we do not know, but can only speculate. Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc. The Lord is doing something because of what the people are doing, or the people are doing something because of what the Lord is doing (which is the case here). Mark 14:3 While Jesus was in Bethany reclining at the table in the home of Simon the leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, made of pure nard. The Bible traditionally used the English word “inn” for the birth narrative--there was no room in the “inn,” so they had to go to the stable area. We should say at the outset that the tradition that these men were three kings, and that their names have been preserved for us, has no foundation in biblical history at all. In other words, the way of faith looks for God’s provision of a Savior, and finding it in Jesus, submits to Him and worships Him, even though it may not yet be clear how it will all work out. I suspect that Herod soon realized that the setting in his day was right for the prophecy to be fulfilled. 5”In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6’But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, When The Sun Finally Rises: Wrestling With The Past (Gen. 32:22-32), 2. . 4When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. But there is more here than a visit to a child who would be king someday. We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”. While this seems to us a shame, in some ways it would have been better for Mary--it was at least private and warm. A Strong Foundation: Bible Verses for Building a Home. But we know that Herod died in the spring of 4 B.C., and since the wise men come to Herod to find out where the king was to be born, the visit must have been shortly after the birth of Jesus. Jonah 1:17; 2:1; 2:10 17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. It is clear enough to see that the story traces the quest of these Magi to find the one who was born king of the Jews. Here we learn something about the way the New Testament draws on the Old Testament. After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, “Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? By identifying with the people in the story, you can draw some lessons. I am, exist. The very next passage in the gospel after the report of the birth of Jesus records the visit of the wise men to Bethlehem.