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The 2nd chapter of Mathew reveals the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
Wise men came enquiring “where is the king of the Jews?” They were led by a star appearing in the east, a little sign revealing a great thing that happened.
Herod the king was deeply disturbed when he heard this. He gathered the religious leaders and inquired to know what was foretold about the Messiah. The religious leaders replied that it was prophesied that a Governor will be born in Bethlehem who will rule God’s people.
Immediately, Herod sent for the wise men and asked them for the exact time when they saw the star. He then sent the wise men to go to Bethlehem and search for the child and bring him news so that he himself could go and worship the newborn king of the Jews. It is believed that this was an attempt from Herod to just get information on the whereabouts of the Messiah. He didn’t want to worship Him, he wanted to kill him.
After the meeting with Herod, the wise men left and the star that they saw earlier appeared to them again and stood right over Bethlehem. They were thrilled and followed the star which led them straight to the manger where Jesus was born. When the wise men saw baby Jesus and his mother, they could not contain their joy. They fell down on the ground and worshipped him and offered him many presents which they had carried.
While returning to their land, they did not go through Jerusalem because they were warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod but to take another way. They obeyed the instructions.
Joseph was also instructed through a dream to take the young child and go to Egypt and stay there.
Herod was furious when he found out that the wise men had disobeyed him.
He ordered the soldiers to kill all children, two years old and under because the wise men had said the star first appeared to them two years back. Innocent children were killed and it fulfilled the prophesy that a mother, named Rachel would be crying and refusing to be comforted because her children were dead.
After Herod died, an angel appeared to Joseph and told him to go back to Israel. On the way to Israel Joseph learnt that king Herod’s son had taken over so he was afraid. Again the angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and guided him to go towards Galilee. So Joseph settled down in Nazareth. This then fulfilled the prophesy that Jesus the messiah would be called a Nazarene.
What do we learn from this chapter?
We learn that a little sign; the star – revealed to the enemy that the promise given to the people of God had already been set in motion. It was just a little sign, a harmless piece of information which spread and reached the ears of someone opposed to see anything good happen for God’s people. The moment the enemy got a clue through this piece of information, he set his mind to destroy not just the plan of God but also did his best to destroy those involved in that divine plan. The result, innocents suffered. It was an extremely sad state of affairs. Pitiful, unjust. Cruel. This reveals to us a powerful truth. We have to be extremely careful and alert when God begins something good in our life; especially when the plan is something big and amazing. This scripture lesson teaches us to remain discreet about things in our life, even if it’s something great that is about to happen until we sense a clear instruction from God that we can reveal it to others.
Until then there are things that are better kept secret in order to make sure that the news does not reach the ears of those who can oppose your plans and try to destroy you. This includes not just people but also the spiritual enemy of God’s plan in your life.
Another important learning through this chapter is that there are four major prophecies fulfilled. Prophesies which were released by God many years before Jesus was born. The Bible is full of such prophecies and promises. Each of them is filled with the power and potential to come true in our life especially because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary.
The only thing left for us to do is to locate and pick up the promises related to our specific problem. It could be oppression, lack of peace in the family, financial difficulties, health problems, problems related to children, success, joy or any other life situation that seems to threaten and overwhelm. There is a promise in the Bible related to every problem that you and I can ever encounter in this life. Spend time doing a bit of Bible study, locate and pick up a promise pertaining to your situation, through prayer and meditation on that promise you can remind God what He has promised. After you have prayed, just believe and stay strong on the word.
Soon, you will see God begin to move into your situation and make the impossible possible. So don’t wait, or worry, or wonder anymore. You don’t even have to reveal your problem to anyone. Simply pick up your Bible and pick up your promise, it’s yours because of Jesus Christ. Then, once you receive your miracle, take time to thank Jesus for enduring the suffering on the cross, because of whom we can now receive the promises of God and…….
“Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him.
Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother under cover of darkness. They were out of town and well on their way by daylight. They lived in Egypt until Herod’s death. This Egyptian exile fulfilled what Hosea had preached: “I called my son out of Egypt.”
Mathew chapter 2: 13- 15 (MSG)