Matthew Chapter 2

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The Magi Visit
  1. Now, Jesus was born in Bethlehem[1]the Hebrew word “Bethlehem” translates as “house of bread”, aka: a bakery. God arranged it so the bread of life (Jesus) was born in the town named “bakery”. of Judea in the days of Herod the king. And Behold, Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem
  2. saying: “Where is He who was born king of the Jews? For we saw and understood[2]“saw and understood” is one word in Greek.  It means see, but can have an additional nuance of understanding what is seen. His star in the east and came to bow down at His feet.”[3]“bow down at… …feet” is one word in Greek, often translated “worship”.  It comes from the Greek words: “pros” (meaning “towards”) and “kyneo” (meaning “to kiss”).  It literally refers to bowing down on your hands and knees and kissing the ground in front of a superior or authority figure.  Some Egyptian pictographs have the hand outstretched, as if to send the “kiss” toward the one being revered.
  3. When King Herod heard, he was perplexed and deeply shaken,[4]“perplexed and deeply shaken” is a single word in Greek, with that exact definition. and all Jerusalem with him.
  4. And he gathered all the chief priests and scribes[5]In the New Testament, this Greek word is typically applied to those learned in the Mosaic Law. of the people, asking them where The Anointed is born.
  5. And they answered him, “In Bethlehem of Judea. For it was – and is – written through the prophet:
  6. And you Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah. For out of you will come Him leading; he who will shepherd My people Israel.”[6]quotation/allusion to Micah 5:2
  7. Then Herod secretly called the Magi and learned from them the precise time the star appeared.
  8. And sending them to Bethlehem, he said; “As you travel, search very carefully all around for the young child. Then as soon as you might find him, report back to me so that I too may come, and bow down at His feet.”[7]“bow down at… …feet” is one word in Greek, often translated “worship”.  It comes from the Greek words: “pros” (meaning “towards”) and “kyneo” (meaning “to kiss”).  It literally refers to bowing down on your hands and knees and kissing the ground in front of a superior or authority figure.  Some Egyptian pictographs have the hand outstretched, as if to send the “kiss” toward the one being revered.
  9. So they listened to the king and traveled away. And behold, the star which they saw in the east went before them until it arrived; then it stood over where the child was.
  10. And seeing the star, they rejoiced with extremely great joy.
  11. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother. And falling down, they bowed low at His feet.[8]“bowed low at… …feet” is one word in Greek, often translated “worship”.  It comes from the Greek words: “pros” (meaning “towards”) and “kyneo” (meaning “to kiss”).  It literally refers to bowing down on your hands and knees and kissing the ground in front of a superior or authority figure.  Some Egyptian pictographs have the hand outstretched, as if to send the “kiss” toward the one being revered. Also, opening their store of treasures, they offered gifts[9]the Greek word here can also be translated “sacrifice”. It focuses on the free nature of the gift, meaning the giving isn’t coerced; it’s made of the giver’s own free will. of gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
  12. And after being warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, they returned to their land by another way.
The Escape to Egypt
  1. Now, after they left, behold; an angel of the Lord came down, appearing in a dream to Joseph saying, “After waking up, take the child and His mother and flee to Egypt and live there until I tell you. For very soon, Herod intends to seek the child to kill Him.”
  2. And waking up, he took the child and His mother by night and fled into Egypt.
  3. Further, he lived there until the death of Herod. This was so it might be fulfilled, what was spoken by The Lord through the prophet, saying; “From out of Egypt I called My son.”[10]quotation/allusion to Hosea 11:1
Herod’s wrath
  1. Then Herod – seeing that he was made a fool of[11]literally “mocked” by the magi – was greatly enraged. He sent orders and killed all the boys in Bethlehem and all in the region, from two years old and under; from the precise time he learned from the magi.
  2. Then it was fulfilled: what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying;
  3. A voice in Rhama was heard; grievous crying and much wailing. Rachel is weeping for her children and doesn’t want to be comforted, because they are no more.”[12]quotation/allusion to Jeremiah 31:15
  4. Now, when Herod died, behold; an angel of the Lord came down and appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
  5. saying: “After waking up, take the child and His mother and travel into the land of Israel. For those seeking the life of the child have died, and are dead.[13]“have died, and are dead” the Greek word here is in the perfect tense, which is (sort of) a combination of our past and present tenses.
  6. And waking up, he took the child and His mother and entered into the land of Israel.
  7. But hearing that Archelaus reigned as king over Judea in place of his father Herod, he feared going there. And being warned by God in a dream, he went back to a part of Galilee.
  8. And on arriving, he settled down in a city called Nazareth, so what was spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled; that He will be called a Nazarene.

 

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