My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Matthew 2

We three kings from Orient

After Jesus was born, astrologers from the east came following a star and asking Herod where the new Jewish king had been born. Herod freaked out, but learned that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem. Herod told the astrologers to find the king, and report back to him. They found Jesus, and gave him gifts and worshiped, but didn't tell Herod.

An angel told Joseph to flee to Egypt, which he did. Later Herod was angry with the astrologers, and ordered all boys under two in Bethlehem to be killed.

After Herod died, Joseph was reassured by another angel to move to Nazareth.

Key verse:
23. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets

My thoughts:
There's clear differences and similarities between Matthew's account of Jesus' nativity and Luke's. The entire Magi scene doesn't appear in Luke's gospel. There are similarities with Mary and Joseph and Bethlehem, but it's fair to say that Jesus' birth is one of the most historically unreliable parts of the New Testament, though it is not difficult to harmonise the accounts.

Matthew's clear emphasis is to show how Jesus fulfills the Messiah in accordance to the scriptures. Every event in this chapter shows how Jesus could fulfill supposedly contradicting prophecies about the Messiah coming from Bethlehem, Egypt and Nazareth.


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