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“Study of Jesus - Book of Mathew”

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  By Darren Caves 
   9 And having listened to the king, they continued their journey, and the star that they had seen in its rising went before them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 And when they caught sight of the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 Upon entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and falling to their knees they worshiped him. Then opening their treasure chests, they presented him with gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another way.
  13 After they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother by night, and left for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”
  16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious; and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all her regions who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they were no more.”
  19 But when Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” 21 So Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he went into the region of Galilee. 23 And he went and settled in a town called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: “He will be called a Nazarene.”
2:10 Seeing the star - Standing over where the child was.
2:11 They presented to him gifts - It was customary to offer some present to any eminent person whom they visited. And so it is, as travellers observe, in the eastern countries to this day.Gold, frankincense, and myrrh - Probably these were the best things their country afforded; and the presents ordinarily made to great persons. This was a most seasonable, providential assistance for a longand expensive journey into Egypt, a country where they were entirely strangers, and were to stay for a considerable time.
2:15 That it might be fulfilled - That is, whereby was fulfilled.The original word frequently signifies, not the design of an action, but barely the consequence or event of it. Which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet - on another occasion: Out of Egypt have I called my Son - which was now fulfilled as it were anew; Christ being in a far higher sense the Son of God than Israel, of whom the words were originally spoken. 11:1 .
2:16 Then Herod, seeing that he was deluded by the wise men - So did his pride teach him to regard this action, as if it were intended to expose him to the derision of his subjects.Sending forth - a party of soldiers: In all the confines thereof - In all the neighbouring places, of which Rama was one.
2:17 Then was fulfilled - A passage of Scripture, whether prophetic, historical, or poetical, is in the language of the New Testament fulfilled, when an event happens to which it may with great propriety be accommodated.
2:18 Rachel weeping for her children - The Benjamites, who inhabited Rama, sprung from her. She was buried near this place; and is here beautifully represented risen, as it were out of her grave, and bewailing her lost children. Because they are not - that is, are dead. The preservation of Jesus from this destruction, may be considered as a figure of God's care over his children in their greatest danger. God does not often, as he easily could, cut off their persecutors at a stroke. But he provides a hiding place for his people, and by methods not less effectual, though less pompous, preserves them from being swept away, even when the enemy comes in like a flood. Jeremiah 31:15 .
2:22 He was afraid to go thither - into Judea; and so turned aside into the region of Galilee - a part of the land of Israel not under the jurisdiction of Archelaus.
2:23 He came and dwelt in Nazareth - (where he had dwelt before he went to Bethlehem) a place contemptible to a proverb. So that hereby was fulfilled what has been spoken in effect by several of the prophets, (though by none of them in express words,) He shall be called a Nazarene - that is, he shall be despised and rejected, shall be a mark of public contempt and reproach

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