Matthew #3 10/2/21
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October 2, 2021
[We now shift forward without having covered all the scriptures regarding Elizabeth. That is one of the things we will see as we follow the scriptures as written.]
(Mat 2:1) Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
(Mat 2:2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
(Mat 2:3) When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
(Mat 2:4) And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
(Mat 2:5) And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
(Mat 2:6) And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, art not the least among the princes of Judea: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
[Herod was raised in a Jewish household and understood that when the Messiah appeared Israel was to recognize Him and set Him on the throne.]
(Luk 2:1) And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(Luk 2:2) (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
(Luk 2:3) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
(Luk 2:4) And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
(Luk 2:5) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
(Luk 2:6) And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
(Luk 2:7) And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
“Seventy weeks: That is, seventy weeks of years, or 490 years, which reckoned from the seventh year of Artaxerxes, coinciding with the 4,256th year of the Julian period, and in the month Nisan in which Ezra was commissioned to restore the Jewish state and polity (Ezr_7:9-26) will bring us to the month of Nisan of the 4,746th year of the same period, or A.D. 33, the very month and year in which our Lord suffered, and completed the work of our salvation. Lev_25:8; Num_14:34; Eze_4:6” Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge(Luk 2:8) Now there were shepherds in the same region, living out in the fields and guarding their flock at night.
(Luk 2:9) Suddenly an angel of Adonai stood before them, and the glory of Adonai shone all around them; and they were absolutely terrified.
(Luk 2:10) But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! For behold, I proclaim Good News to you, which will be great joy to all the people.
(Luk 2:11) A Savior is born to you today in the city of David, who is Messiah the Lord.
(Luk 2:12) And the sign to you is this: You will find an infant wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”
(Luk 2:13) And suddenly a multitude of heavenly armies appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
(Luk 2:14) “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth shalom to men of good will.”
(Luk 2:15) And when the angels departed from them into the heavens, the shepherds were saying to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which Adonai has made known to us!”
(Luk 2:16) So they hurried off and found Miriam and Joseph, and the Baby lying in the manger.
(Luk 2:17) When they had seen this, they made known the word that had been spoken to them concerning this Child.
(Luk 2:18) And all those who heard were amazed at the things the shepherds told them.
(Luk 2:19) But Miriam treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.
(Luk 2:20) The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, just as they had been told.
[The child was a baby still in swaddling and in a manger so just shortly after his birth. The men did as told and spread the news of His birth.]
(1Ch 29:10) And David blessed the LORD before all the congregation. And David said, "Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel our Father, forever and ever.
(1Ch 29:11) O LORD, Yours is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and, the majesty, for all in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head over all.
(1Ch 29:12) And the riches and the honor are from You, and You reign over all. And in Your hand is power and might. And it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all.
(1Ch 29:13) Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name.
[Lest we forget where all good things come from.]
(Mat 2:9) And after hearing the king, they departed; and behold, the star that they had seen in the east went in front of them, until it came and stood over the house where the little Child was.
(Mat 2:10) And after seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
(Mat 2:11) And when they had come into the house, they found the little Child with Mary His mother, and they bowed down and worshiped Him; then they opened their treasures and presented their gifts to Him—gold and frankincense and myrrh.
(Mat 2:12) But being divinely instructed in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another way.
[Time marched on between Yahshua’s birth as a baby and the arr arrival of the wise men for he is now regarded as a toddler. They bring what Joseph would soon need, wealth to travel. Look at how willing they are to be obedient to Yahweh, never doubting the source. ]
(Mat 2:13) Now after they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise and take the little Child and His mother, and escape into Egypt, and remain there until I shall tell you; for Herod is about to seek the little Child to destroy Him."
(Mat 2:14) And he arose by night and took the little Child and His mother, and went into Egypt,
(Mat 2:15) And was there until the death of Herod; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I have called My Son."
[Joseph was just as prompt to react to his messenger and went where he was instructed as well.]
(Mat 2:16) Then Herod, seeing that he had been mocked by the Magi, was filled with rage; and he sent and put to death all the boys who were in Bethlehem and in the area all around, from two years old and under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the Magi.
(Mat 2:17) Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,
(Mat 2:18) "A voice was heard in Rama, lamentation and weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she would not be comforted, because they were not."
(Jer 31:15) Thus says the LORD, "A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children because they are not."
(Jer 31:16) Thus says the LORD, "Hold back your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded," says the LORD. "And they shall come again from the land of the enemy.
(Jer 31:17) And there is hope for your future," says the LORD, "that your children shall come again to their own border.
(Jer 31:18) I have surely heard Ephraim mourning to himself, saying, 'You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bull not broken in; turn me, and I shall be turned. For You are the LORD my God.
[The weeping of mothers for the children lost to death, yet here is a promise for both times – Judah returned to Israel after Babylon and Ephraim who is now returning to the Torah in preparation for their homecoming. Both worked toward the return of Yahshua as a child and as our savior.]