Matthew 2:1-12, part 1

Matthew 2:1-12

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

June 9, 2024


Q: Does anyone remember Matthew’s two main goals for writing his Gospel?
A: 1. Proving that Jesus is the Messiah
2. Correcting misunderstandings about the Kingdom of Heaven

    Q:  Does anyone remember HOW he goes about accomplishing his two main goals? 
    A:  By referring back, repeatedly, to the OT, and connecting his Gospel directly and unmistakeable to the OT in a way that his first century audience absolutely could not miss. 

    Since there are so many prophecies quoted and fulfilled in Matthew, let’s talk a little bit about prophecy. This will help to better understand last week passage about the birth of Christ, as well as the rest of Matthew’s Gospel. Since our time each week is so short, we will be going over this week’s passage on the Visit of the Magi, next week. 

    Let’s go to page 19 in our book and look at the first paragraph in this new section (the middle of the page):

    (Holman Commentary) The mention of Jesus’ birthplace, Bethlehem of Judea, is significant in this passage especially because of the prophecy it fulfilled (see 2:4-6). Matthew is building his case. Jesus is the fulfillment of all the prophetic intentions of the long-awaited Jewish Messiah. All the details apply, including his birthplace.

    What is prophecy? (prophecy=noun; prophesy=verb)

    (See Digging Deeper links on our website for today’s lesson at

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    Questions from or about the video:

    1. Is Jesus the Messiah, the Christ, the Annointed One, the one sent by God?
    2. Do the prophecies of the OT point to, and only to Jesus as the fulfillment of the prophecies, and therefore offer proof that He is the Messiah?

    (Mark Straus:  In the OT there are two kinds of prophecies 

    1. Prophecies that are filled uniquely in Christ (fulfilled BY Jesus)
    2. Prophecies that are fulfilled topologically in Christ (remember last week our discussion on “types” in the OT, and that both Joseph and David, in some ways, were types of Christ?)

    The chances that any one single person could fulfill the prophesies that Jesus did. 

    A number of years ago, Peter W. Stoner and Robert C. Newman wrote a book entitled Science Speaks. The book was based on the science of probability and vouched for by the American Scientific Affiliation. It set out the odds of any one man in all of history fulfilling even only eight of the 60 major prophecies (and 270 ramifications) fulfilled by the life of Christ.

    The probability that Jesus of Nazareth could have fulfilled even eight such prophecies would be only 1 in 1017. That’s 1 in 100, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000.

    Stoner claims that that many silver dollars would be enough to cover the face of the entire state of Texas two feet deep. Now I’ve been to Texas. I’ve driven for days to get across Texas. Texas is a very big state. Who in his right mind would suppose that a blindfolded man, heading out of Dallas by foot in any direction, would be able, on his very first attempt, to pick up one specifically marked silver dollar out of 100, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000?

    Messianic Prophecies by the John 10:10 Project (a really interesting YouTube channel)

    Unveiling The Messianic Prophecies: Jesus’ Death Foreseen

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    The Olive Tree Bible App is free and comes with several free books. You can buy additional books if you like.
    Olivetree Bible App website – home page

    Holman Commentary of Matthew in Olive Tree r

    Olive Tree Support page “HOW TO” videos

    How Many Prophesies did Jesus fulfill?

    What is prophecy? (including the difference between “prophecy” and “prophesy.” And, at the end of the article, a good, brief comment on prophecy/prophesy today.

    What is the “gift” of prophecy?