Summary: In Search of the King
A. IN SEARCH OF THE KING – MATTHEW 2:1-2
1. Why were Mary and Joseph still living in Bethlehem?
So their son could be near the Temple.
So their son could identify with David. Bethlehem is the city of David and the angel predicted Jesus would sit on David’s throne.
Rumors in Nazareth.
The natural home of their ancestors (from the tribe of Judah).
2. How old was Jesus when the wise men arrived?
The Greek word is not “baby” but “child,” paidion (2:11).
The star appeared at His birth and it took a long time for Wisemen to get to Jerusalem, i.e., over one year.
At least two years old, because Herod killed all babies “two years old and under” (2:12).
3. What was the star? “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.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him (Matt. 2:2-3).
Some think it was Halley’s Comet, (August 25, 7 BC that was observed for 63 days).
A conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn suggested by Kepler that happened October 3, 7 BC.
A comet, suggested by Origin.
A supernatural appearance, i.e., “His star” (2:2).
Was it seen only by “Kings” or did everyone see it?
4. Who were those who came to worship Jesus?
Kings because of the Near East tradition of kings sending gifts to another king when an heir to the throne was born.
These were Wise men (Greek Magoi), i.e., men who studied the stars to interpret life on earth.
5. Why do we think there were three?
Does not mention three persons.
Probably many because, “Herod was troubled and all Jerusalem” (2:3).
They were probably from Babylon (Iraq), Persia (Iran) or India. “From the East” (2:1).
Because there were three gifts, people assume three Wise men.
B. WHY GO TO EGYPT – MATTHEW 2:13-18
1. Why did Herod want to kill the baby Jesus?
Herod was crowned by Rome. “King of the Jews.” Jesus was a threat.
Satanic attempt to keep Jesus from the cross.
2. Why is the slaughter of babies not mentioned in secular history?
Not all the babies in the entire nations.
Probably included 20 babies or less.
3. Why did Mary and Joseph return to Nazareth?
Herod was dead (Matt. 2:19).
Jesus had to grow up in the Jewish homeland.
Joseph led by a dream. “Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, ‘Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead’” (Matt. 2:19-20).
4. Why did Mary and Joseph not return to Bethlehem?
Danger in Bethlehem, “But when he (Joseph) heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee” (Matt. 2:22).