Thursday, December 01, 2011

Herod, The Magi, And Jesus Christ On The Stage Of History - Matthew 2:1 Bible Commentary

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem (Matthew 2:1)
In Matthew 2, the manger is gone from history's stage. The curtain had long ago closed on that scene, and we have no way of peeking around it and catching a glimpse of Christ in his earliest months.

The next scene from Christ's life does not begin until nearly twenty-four months after His birth, in Matthew 2:1. In this chapter, history's stage contains three main groups of characters: Herod, the Magi, and the Christ.

The scene opens in Jerusalem, the place where King Herod reigned. History has much to say about this wicked king's cruelty. The most famous of his cruel acts is the one that appears in the pages of Scripture: the time when he ordered all boys under the age of two in Bethlehem to be slaughtered.

The magi are the other figures onstage. We know only a few things about them from the pages of Scripture. For instance, we know that they must have been faithful to the one true God. How they came to know and love Him, however, is unknown. Perhaps they were familiar with parts of the Old Testament. After all, Scripture states:
For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues. (Acts 15:21)
Perhaps the magi— the wise men from the East— had come to know of the ways of God through Jewish influences in their own lands.

The final figure onstage is Jesus Christ Himself. Although Jesus in not physically onstage at the beginning of the Matthew 2, the plot focuses completely on Him. Both the Magi and King Herod are seeking to find Christ. The Magi seek Him in order that they might worship Him, but Herod seeks Him in order that he might slay Him.

Related Posts:
The Magi Search For Jesus, The King Of The Jews - Matthew 2:1-2
The Messiah the Jews Expected and the Messiah that Came
Was the Virgin Birth Necessary? Why was the Virgin Birth So Important?
Joseph's Obedience and Jesus' Birth - Matthew 1:24-25
Summary of Matthew 1

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