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    December 24, 2017



    O God: You have spoken to us with power in your Words. We receive those

    words as law to our being. In Jesus Name Amen.


    Contrast the role and motives of the magi with the role and motives of King

    Herod; Appreciate the majis deep commitment to honor Jesus; and commit to

    honor God on a daily basis by spending time in His Presence.


    We believe in the indwelling of the Holy Ghost for all believers and that the

    Holy Ghost verifies and validates the Believer as part of the Body of Christ.

    Background Scripture

    Key Verse Matthew 2:11

    Lesson Scripture Matthew 2:1-12 Matthew 2:112 (NKJV)

    Visit of Wise Men

    2 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, 2 saying, Where is He who has been born

    King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And

    when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired

    of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

    6 But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

    Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;

    For out of you shall come a Ruler

    Who will shepherd My people Israel.

    7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what

    time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, Go and search

    carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me,

    that I may come and worship Him also. 9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen

    in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.

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    10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had

    come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and

    worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him:

    gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they

    departed for their own country another way.


    Verse 1"Now when Jesus; who has just been identified with Christ. In this

    chapter, the narrative employs only those terms (Jesus, young Child) which

    bystanders might have used. Was born in Bethlehem. The First Gospel, if

    taken alone would give the impression that Joseph had no previous connection

    with Nazareth. About the place where Joseph and Mary lived before the birth

    of Jesus, the evangelist did not concern himself. Of Juda. For the evangelists

    purpose it was most important so to define it as to exclude Bethlehem of

    Zebulun. The inhabitants of Bethlehem of Juda, a market town of a fruitful

    (Ephratah) district, live chiefly by agriculture, but also for several centuries have

    manufactured images of saints, rosaries, and fancy articles.

    From the House of Bread came forth the true Bread. In the days of

    Herod the king. Herod the Great and Herod Agrippa II. We are almost

    compelled by this phrase alone to recognize the date of Christs birth as falling

    in the lifetime of Herod the Great. Herod the Great died in the spring of A.U.C.

    750, our B.C. 4, and as our Lord was born at least forty days earlier, for the

    purification in the temple must have taken place before Herods massacre of the

    innocents, he cannot have been born later than the very beginning of B.C. 4, or

    the end of B.C. 5. Indeed, upon the most natural deduction, he must have been

    born some months earlier. Behold, there came Wise Men from the East. The

    true order, as given in the Revised Version, lays the emphasis on the office, and

    in a subordinate degree on the home of the strangers"Wise Men from the East

    came. It was, perhaps, at first used with special reference to astrologers and

    interpreters of dreams, and, passing from Babylonia to Media, it became the

    name of the Median priestly order. Of the number and rank of those who now

    came absolutely nothing is known. These Magi spontaneously submit to the

    Babe. From the East. The proper home of the Magi would thus be Media, and,

    from the length of time employed on their journey (ver. 16), it is probable that

    by the East we must here understand Media or some other part of the

    kingdom of Parthia, into which Media had been mostly absorbed, and in which,

    in fact, the Magi were now greatly honored. To Jerusalem. The capital, where

    this King would reign, and where information about his birth would most

    naturally be obtained.

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    Verse 2Saying. The inquiry was on their lips at the moments of their

    appearance. Where is? Not whether there is. The Magi show no signs of

    doubt. He that is born King of the Jews; i.e. he that is born to be King of the

    Jews. Whether he is king from the very moment of his birth is not stated. The

    rendering of the Revised Version margin, Where is the King of the Jews that is

    born? would imply this. With either form the bystanders could hardly help

    contrasting him with their then ruler, who had acquired the kingship after years

    of conflict, and who was of foreign extraction.

    King of the Jews Notice: (1) This was, perhaps, Herods exact title. (2) They do

    not say king of the world. They accept the facts that the Jews alone expected this

    king, and that according to the more literal interpretation of the Jewish

    prophecies the homage of the world would be rendered to him as the Head of

    the Jewish nation. (3) The title is not used of our Lord again until the Passion,

    where it is only used by heathen (4) The Jews themselves preferred the term,

    King of Israel to which passages Luke 23:37, placing the gibe in the soldiers

    mouth, forms a significant contrast). The term Jews made them only one of

    the nations of the earth; Israel reminded them of their theocratic privileges.

    For. They state the reason of their certainty. We have seen at home. His star.

    In the way of their ordinary pursuits, they learned of Christ. What this star really

    was has been the subject of much consideration without any very satisfactory

    result. The principal theories are: (1) It was the conjunction of Saturn and

    Jupiter, which took place in May to July and again in September, B.C. 7. (2) It

    was the rising of Sirius on the same day in the fifth, fourth, third, and second

    years B.C. (3) It was some strange evanescent star such as Kepler saw in 16034.

    (4) Astronomy can suggest nothing which satisfies all the conditions, and the

    appearance must have been strictly miraculous. Since Professor Pritchards

    article in the Dictionary of the Bible, this last has been generally accepted in

    England. A further question isHow came they to identify the star as his? i.e.

    What made the Magi connect the coming of the King of the Jews with a star?

    and what made them consider that this particular appearance was the one they

    expected? The latter part of the question can hardly be answered, except on the

    supposition that the star that they saw was in itself so extraordinary as to

    convince them that no greater star could be looked for. To the former part

    various answers have been given. (1) Balaams prophecy (Numb. 24:17) was

    understood literally, and the knowledge of it, with its misinterpretation, had

    spread to the Magi. (2) They had learned, by intercourse with Jews that these

    latter expected a great King, and they had applied to his coming, as to all events,

    the science that they themselves practiced. They believed fully in astrology, and

    the Divine ordering that a star should appear to them was a condescension to

    the then state of human knowledge. To worship him. Not as God, but as Lord

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    and King (ch. 4:9, note). The prostration of themselves bodily before him was

    not a Greek or Roman, but an Eastern, and it is said especially a Persian, form

    of homage.

    Verse 3"When; and when, Revised Version. There is a contrast between the

    eager question of the Magi and the feelings of Herod. Herod the king. In the

    true text the emphasis is not on the person (as in ver. 1, where the date was all-

    important), but on the office as then exercised. The king visibly regnant is

    contrasted with him who was born to be King. Heard. Through some of his

    many sources of information, for there were spies set everywhere. He was

    troubled; perplexed, agitated. Fully in accordance with his jealous and

    suspicion character. For he had already slain, as actual or possible candidates

    for the throne, five of the Maccabean princes and princesses, including his

    favourite wife Mariamne (thus extirpating the direct line) and also his two sons

    by Mariamne. Josephus mentions a prediction of the Pharisees towards the end

    of Herods life, that God had decreed that Herods government should cease,

    and his posterity should be deprived of it. The reason for the inhabitants of

    Jerusalem feeling troubled is generally explained, by their fear, wh


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