Where is He Born King

by Rev. John Cortright on December 15, 2005
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Notes:

Where is he born King?

Matthew 2:1 "After" Jesus was born. This record of the magi occurred well over a year after the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:24-25; Luke 2:1-21). Herod killed all the children in Bethlehem from two years old and under (Matthew 2:16).

Herod the king. He was known historically as Herod the Great. He was an Idumaean (an Edomite). Many Idumaeans had converted to Judaism and Herod was considered Jewish by the Romans. He won favor of the Roman rulers Octavian and Mark Antony and around 40BC was given the title of King of Judea.

Magi from the east. The number of magi is never given. They are called magi, not kings.

Matthew 2:2 "Where is he born King of the Jews?" His star - What ever this star was, it signified to the Magi that the king of the Judeans had been born.

Matthew 2:3-4 Herod and the chief priests understood that the King of the Judeans was the Messiah.

Matthew 2:5-6 This Messiah or king would be the ruler over God's people and would be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2)

Matthew 2:7-10 The star was still in the sky.

Matthew 2:11 When the magi arrived they found a young child in a house. They presented gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh and worshipped the king. Frankincense and myrrh were both aromatic resins used in perfumes & incense. Myrrh was one of the specific ingredients used in the holy anointing oil (Exodus 30:23). Frankincense was one of the specific ingredients used in the perfume of the sanctuary (Exodus 30:34).

I Kings 10:9 and 10 When acknowledging Solomon as king over the throne of Israel the queen of Sheba brought gifts: of gold and spices.

Isaiah 60:1-6 Gentiles will bring gold & incense and show forth the praises of the LORD.

Psalm 72 A psalm about the coming king. Gifts will be presented to him and Gentile nations will bow before him.

The King has come!



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