STAR POINTING TO MESSIAH - 2
Matthew 2:1 - 11
Last time, (in Part 1 of "Star Pointing . . ") we told of the
star seen in the east by the wise men. Nothing indicates that it led
them to Jerusalem, as the artists portray. They knew what it meant
and knew where they should find Him - - - in the land of the Jews.
Jerusalem was it's capitol, so they went there.
They were right on track. Their planning, preparing and travels
surely took some considerable time. The trip in itself might
be about 1,100 miles. Camels were customarily used for such
travel, but no camels are mentioned. All this adds up to a time
lapse in which Jesus isn't still where He was born as they arrive
at Jerusalem, (1).
Meanwhile, Jesus is born in Bethlehem due to a decree of
Caesar Augustus about taxation, Luke 2:1-5.
(a) His birth, 6-7.
(b) He is circumcised according to tradition, 21.
(c) 40 days after His birth they are at the Temple in Jerusalem,
22-24; Leviticus 12:7-8.
(d) They return to Nazareth, and are in a "house".
Many artists and writers, being without Bible knowledge, have
'muddied up the waters of truth'.
The wise men were unswerved by the lack of knowledge in
Jerusalem about the "King of the Jews . . .", Matthew 2:2-3.
(1) For selfish reasons Herod gathers the supposed knowledgeable
Jews to answer the wise men's query. He, however, was visibly
disturbed over the mention of a Jewish King.
(2) The chief priests and scribes cite Micah 5:2.
(3) Herod wants to know the age of this King, 7.
(4) Supposing Him to be in Bethlehem, he sends the wise men on
their way with a condition attached, 8.
(5) A condition which the Lord revokes later.
(6) They start the 5-6 mile trek, 9a.
(7) The star appears again, they rejoice as it leads them to
the young child, 9b, c; 10.
(8)They find Him in a "house" in Nazareth, 11.
(9) they pay homage by falling down and worshipping Him, 11a.
(10) They present three kinds of gifts.
(11) And then go home by a different route, being warned of God, 12.
Thus, we have completed the tale of a star that pointed US to the
Messiah. I am so glad for His Saving Grace, aren't you? DDH.
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