Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Matthew 2 - Wise Men Still Seek JESUS THE MESSIAH

Matthew 2:1-12 NIV

The Magi Visit The MESSIAH

1After JESUS Was Born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magia from the east came to Jerusalem  

2and asked, “Where Is The ONE WHO Has Been Born KING of the Jews? We saw HIS Star when it rose and have come to worship HIM.”

3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the Law, he asked them where The MESSIAH Was To Be Born. 

5In Bethlehem in Judea,” 

they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6 “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for out of you Will Come a RULER

WHO Will Shepherd MY people Israel.’ 

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said,

“Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship HIM.”

9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where The CHILD Was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw The CHILD with HIS mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped HIM. Then they opened their treasures and presented HIM with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Matthew 2

Herod the Great; son of Antipater, an Edomite, was made king over Israel by the Roman Empire. Thus was the scepter departing from Judah a sign that MESSIAH Was now at hand. 

Genesis 49:10

“The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until HE to WHOM it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be HIS.”

It was a mark of humiliation put upon The LORD JESUS that, though HE Was the Desire of all nations and to WHOM the obedience of the nations belongs, yet HIS Coming into the world was little observed and taken notice of because HE Emptied HIMSELF, and Made HIMSELF of no reputation.

If The SON of GOD Must Be Brought into the world, one might expect that HE Should Be Received with all the welcoming ceremony possible, that crowns and scepters should immediately have been laid at HIS Feet, and that the high and mighty princes of the world should have been HIS humble servants; such a MESSIAH as this the Jews expected, but we see none of all this.

HE Came into the world, and the world did not know HIM. HE Came to HIS OWN, and HIS OWN did not receive HIM.

Matthew 1 - JESUS Is IMMANUEL(GOD With Us)

Matthew 1:18-24 NIV


18This is how The Birth of JESUS The MESSIAH Came About : HIS mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant Through The HOLY SPIRIT.

19Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the Law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20But after he had considered this, an angel of The LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, 

“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid 

to take Mary home as your wife, 

because what is conceived in her 

is From The HOLY SPIRIT. 

21 She will give birth to a SON, and you 

are to give HIM The Name 

JESUS, Because HE Will Save HIS 

people from their sins.

22All this took place to fulfill What The LORD Had Said 

through the prophet: 

23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth 

to a Son, and they will call HIM 

IMMANUEL” (which means “GOD With 


24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of The LORD had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 

25But he did not consummate their marriage until she 

gave birth to a son. 

And he gave HIM The Name JESUS.

Verse 18

Espoused to Joseph - The word μνηστευθεισης(mnesteutheises), from μνηστευω(mnesteuo), to contract, or betroth, refers to the previous marriage agreement, in which the parties mutually bound themselves to each other; without which, no woman was ever married among the Jews.

Before they came together - The woman was espoused at her own, or her father's house; and, generally, some time elapsed before she was taken home to the house of her husband: Deuteronomy 20:7; Judges 14:7, Judges 14:8.

Among the Jews, the espousal, though the marriage had not been consummated, was considered as perfectly legal and binding on both sides; and hence a breach of this contract was considered as a case of adultery, and punished exactly in the same way. See Deuteronomy 22:25, Deuteronomy 22:28. Nor could a contract of this kind, though there was no cohabitation, be broken but by a regular divorce.

She was found with child - Her situation was the most distressing and humiliating that can be thought. Nothing but the fullest consciousness of her own integrity, and the strongest confidence in GOD, could have supported her in such trying circumstances, where her reputation, her honor, and her life were at stake.

What conversation exchanged between Mary and Joseph, we are not informed; but the issue proves that it was not satisfactory to him: nor could he consider her as his wife, till GOD had sent HIS angel to bear the most unequivocal testimony to the virgin's innocence.

His whole conduct, on this occasion, was exceedingly benevolent and humane. He might at once have taken the advantage of the Law, Deuteronomy 22:23, Deuteronomy 22:24, and had her stoned to death.

Verse 21

Joseph was told that Mary should bring forth The SAVIOR of the world. He was to call HIS Name JESUS, a SAVIOR. JESUS is the same name with Joshua. And the reason of that name is clear, for those whom CHRIST Saves, HE Saves from their sins; from the guilt of sin by the merit of HIS Death, and from the power of sin by The SPIRIT of HIS Grace.

In saving them from sin, HE Saves them from wrath and the curse, and all misery, here and hereafter. CHRIST Came To Save HIS people, not in their sins, but from their sins; and so to Redeem them from among men, to HIMSELF, WHO Is Separate from sinners.

Joseph did as the angel of The LORD had told him, speedily, without delay, and cheerfully, without dispute.

Matthew 1 - JESUS CHRIST@Ancestry.Com

Matthew 1:2-17 NIV

2Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3Judah the father of Perez and Zerah,

whose mother was Tamar,

Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5Salmon the father of Boaz, 

whose mother was Rahab,

Boaz the father of Obed,

whose mother was Ruth,

Obed the father of Jesse,
6and Jesse the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon, 

whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,

7Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11and Josiah the father of Jeconiahc and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.

12After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
15Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, 


Mary was the mother of JESUS WHO Is 

Called The MESSIAH.

17Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to The MESSIAH.

The Genealogy of CHRIST 

(Luke 3:23-38)

Concerning this genealogy of our SAVIOR, observe the chief intention.

It is not a needless genealogy. It is not a vain-glorious one, as those of great men often are. It proves that our LORD JESUS is of the nation and family out of which The MESSIAH was to come. The promise of the blessing was made to Abraham and his seed; of the dominion, to David and his seed.

It was promised to Abraham that CHRIST Should Descend from him, Genesis 12:3; 22:18; and to David that HE Should Descend from him, 2 Samuel 7:12; Psalm 89:3, Psalm 132:11; and, therefore, unless JESUS Is a son of David, and a son of Abraham, HE Is Not The MESSIAH.

Now this is here proved from well-known records. When The SON of GOD was pleased to take our nature, HE Came near to us, in our fallen, wretched condition; but HE Was perfectly free from sin: and while we read the names in HIS Genealogy, we should not forget how low The LORD of Glory Came Down To Save the human race.

Meet 5 Unique Women in JESUS' Family Tree

by C. Jeanne Orjala Serrão

Matthew is unique in his identification of these women as significant mothers in JESUS' lineage. But these women were not, on the surface, notable or saintly women whom we would want to find in our lineage! (Nazareth Village)

Are you one of those persons obsessed with your family tree? If not, perhaps you have a relative who has an account with and keeps urging you to look at the site and see what has been discovered about your family tree. Usually, we find that we are related to some famous person or royalty. Whether that is accurate or not, it does give one a sense of importance and may boost one's self-esteem for a short while.

But when we consider the reasons for exploring JESUS' family tree as Matthew (1:1-17) and Luke (3:23-28) do, we are perplexed by both the task of tracing Divine Ancestry and the differences between the two genealogies. If JESUS Is The CHRIST, The Divine SON of GOD, what is the importance of HIS earthly lineage? 

Scriptures tell us that CHRIST Is the Fulfillment of the Promises GOD made to Abraham and David. JESUS, as the Church has affirmed down through the ages, is both human and Divine. The genealogies that we find in Matthew and Luke affirm HIS humanity, although with different purposes.

Since the second century, Christian writers have addressed the issue of the differences in the genealogies of Matthew and Luke. From early times, it appears that the reason given was that Matthew followed Joseph's genealogy and Luke gave Mary's genealogy. The Talmud (explanations of the Old Testament and Jewish traditions by rabbis) refers to Mary as the daughter of Heli which is the first name listed in Luke's genealogy as the father of Joseph (who was the "so it was thought" father of JESUS, Luke 3:23). Tradition says that Mary had no brothers and so when she married Joseph, he, according to Jewish law (Numbers 36), became the legal son of Heli. Augustine (354-430A.D.) seems to confirm this idea when he says that "Joseph was able to have two fathers, one blood father, by whom he was born and another adoptive father by whom he was adopted."

Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, made the astute observation that Mary and Joseph belonged to the same clan and so would have common descendents. He pointed out that Matthew's genealogy traces JESUS' "Kingly Succession" while "Luke has set forth in order of priestly origin [Levi]." (Simonetti, NT Ia, 4) Matthew's Gospel (1:17) seems to indicate that the persons named were selected and arranged into 3 main eras with 14 generations named in each era, although after the exile only 13 are named, including JESUS. Luke names 18 of those found in Matthew's Gospel, but goes on to name others and 35 more fathers than Matthew does.

Of course, Luke's genealogy begins with JESUS and stretches all the way back to Adam, emphasizing that JESUS belongs to all of humanity and not just to the Jews. Matthew, written primarily for Jewish Christians, emphasizes the Royal Lineage of JESUS The MESSIAH in being the SON of David, and HIS Jewishness, being the SON of Abraham. 

Notice that in Matthew 1:1, JESUS is listed first as the SON of David, even though chronologically, Abraham came first. Matthew wants his readers to understand that JESUS Is The KING-The MESSIAH-for Whom the Jews were waiting. Luke's concern is more general, showing that JESUS Is both KING and PRIEST, descending from Adam, the original father of all humanity.

But perhaps the most interesting difference between Matthew and Luke is that Matthew includes five women in his list. Ordinarily, women were not included in the genealogies of the first century and this traditional genealogy is seen in Luke. So Matthew is unique in his identification of these women as significant mothers in JESUS' lineage. But these women were not, on the surface, notable or saintly women whom we would want to find in our lineage!


The first woman named is Tamar who fathered Perez and Zerah by Judah (1:3). Her story is told in Genesis 38. Tamar was the widowed daughter-in-law of Judah who disguised herself as a prostitute in order to trick Judah into impregnating her and giving her a son who would tie her to her dead husband's family. "Under levirate law, Judah and his sons had sinned against Tamar, and in this sense she was seeking what was hers by right." 

Often, Tamar is described as a prostitute and thus a blot on the family record. But as we understand Tamar in her specific context we find that Judah and his sons, who were supposed to raise up children by Tamar for their dead son and brother, were the sinners in this story! Tamar had to resort to trickery to make her father-in-law do the right thing and produce the son that would be the ancestor of JESUS.


The next woman mentioned is Rahab, the wife of Salmon, who is also identified as a prostitute and a Gentile living in Jericho. Her story is found in Joshua 2 and 6. She gave hospitality to the Jewish spies who came to Jericho and hid them from the king of Jericho when he wanted to kill them. Her confession of faith is found in Joshua 2:11, "The LORD your GOD Is GOD in heaven above and on the earth below."

She is listed in the faith hall of fame in Hebrews 11 as "Rahab, the prostitute" (11:31). What a transformation must have taken place in her life for her to be listed in Hebrews 11! An anonymous ancient Christian writer commented: "Since Salmon was considered noble among the children of Israel and was of the tribe of Judah and the son of the prince, he saw the faithful Rahab thus converted to goodness and beloved by GOD and led from Jericho at GOD'S Command and counted among the daughters of Israel. Such a wonderful woman surely deserved to become Salmon's wife."  Her story certainly affirmed The Power of GOD to transform a life from both ignorance of GOD and a sinful lifestyle to a woman who was beloved by GOD and praised for her goodness.


Ruth, a widow and a Moabite, became the daughter-in-law of Rahab. Ruth's story is a beautiful one of loyalty. She is one of the few women in the Bible who have a whole book named after her. Her vow to the mother of her dead husband has become a classic quote, often used in weddings to indicate the bride's and/or groom's intentions of loyalty. "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your GOD my GOD" (Ruth 1:16).

Ruth's loyalty was rewarded and she became the wife of Boaz, who belonged to the family of her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth's loyalty to Naomi, led to a faith in and loyalty to The GOD of the Jews. In the tradition of her new mother-in-law, Rahab, Ruth became a part of the lineage of JESUS because of her faith.


Another woman mentioned in JESUS' Genealogy is only referred to as "Uriah's wife" (Matthew 1:6), emphasizing the fact that Bathsheba became King David's wife only after committing adultery with David, who then arranged for her husband to be killed in battle to cover up their shame (2 Samuel 11-12). Again, shame is often assigned to Bathsheba because she was bathing on the roof of her house when her beauty happened to catch the king's eye.

However, in this context, David is clearly the one in control. The difference in status and power would have made it impossible for Bathsheba to resist David's advances. Kroeger and Evans comment that what happened between David and Bathsheba, although it is called adultery, implying mutual consent, "was probably closer to rape. Indeed, when David has brought about Uriah's murder, we are told that Bathsheba mourned for him (2 Samuel 11:26)."

What we learn from this sordid affair is that GOD can transform situations and bring about newness and hope. David repented of his sin and had a genuine marriage with Bathsheba, resulting in the birth of Solomon, known for his wisdom.


The fifth and final woman listed in Matthew's genealogy is JESUS' mother, Mary. She is depicted as a young woman (perhaps about 14), a virgin, who was engaged to Joseph. Engagements were serious contracts between two families usually lasting about a year before the couple was formally married and began to live together. The penalty for sexual misconduct was anywhere from being stoned to death to annulling the engagement (divorcing her, Matthew 1:19) and sending the woman back to her family in disgrace.

Matthew gives us the story of Joseph's struggle with Mary's virgin conception. He is described as a good man who did not want to bring disgrace or death on Mary, but struggled with believing that she had not been unfaithful to him. Joseph does believe Mary after an angel appears to him in a dream and confirms what Mary told him.

Left unsaid is how Mary had the courage to tell Joseph that she was pregnant. But that courage and willingness to be the servant of The LORD (Luke 1:38) enabled her to bear the shame of a pregnancy before marriage and to be the mother of The MESSIAH.

What we discover from the genealogies of JESUS is not just that JESUS Was indeed human, as well as Divine, but that HE Descended from a line of people which included very strong, resilient, loyal, and faithful women. 

Even where society did not encourage the inclusion of females in genealogies, the faith of these women was so strong they burst out of the confines of socially accepted silence. GOD Is Able To Take those who appear insignificant and unlikely to succeed and transform them into important witnesses to The Power of GOD!

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