Matthew

Matthew 2:1-12 Jesus’ Birth Is Celebrated And He Is Worshipped!

There were those who believed that the appearance of a bright star signalled the birth of a king, and being over the land of the Jews, these wise men naturally interpreted the star as appearing for the birth of the King of the Jews (v. 1 Cf. Lk. 2:4-7). These very well might have been other descendants of Abraham (Cf. Gen. 25:6). However, it also alluded to the star of Jacob, also written about by Moses, recording the prophetic word of Balaam. “A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Nu. 24:17). These wise men came not merely out of curiosity, they came to worship (v. 2 Cf. Lk. 2:11). However, any thought of another king alarmed Herod, since he no doubt interpreted this as a threat to his position and power. For this reason he forced the Scribes and Pharisees to do something they might not otherwise have thought of at this time-answer the question as to where the Christ was to be born (vv. 3-4). However, they answered from the prophet Micah, that the Christ would indeed be born in Bethlehem (vv. 5-6 Cf. Micah 5:2).

The confirmation of the place of the Messiah’s birth made Herod all the more nervous, and in a secret meeting with the wise men he learned of the time of this event. However, he still did not know the exact location, so he tells the wise men to inform him of Jesus’ location when they found him, assuring them that he wanted to also worship Him (vv. 7-8). The record of this star continuing to lead them to the exact location of Jesus would lend further support to this being a providential miracle in fulfillment of that word through Balaam (vv. 9-10 Cf. Nu. 24:17). “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him” (v. 11a). It is often missed that this was a clear statement of Jesus’ deity, for if He were not God they would have been rebuked, even as they were “divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod” (v. 12). The gifts they gave were those fitting for the King (Cf. Ps. 72:8-11; Is. 60:6). It is by this biblical example that the church celebrates Jesus’ birth.

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