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                                                      Matthew 2:1-12

                                                     December 26,  2021

 

 

Ezekiel 2:5, 7

             3:11, 27

 

 He who hears let him  hear.

He who refuses, let him refuse.

 

Revelation 22:10-17

 

 

Isaiah 9:6-7

 

Haggai 2:7-9

 

Hebrews 12:18, 22-29

 

Revelation 1911-16

 

Christ is the Lord; O praise His name forever!

 

II.  JESUS BORN TO RULE (ch. 2:1-6)

 

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,

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.  3 When Herod the

king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

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.  5 And they

said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the

prophet,  6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least

among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor,

that shall rule my people Israel.”

 

          Herod has to call for religious leaders to find out where the

Messiah would be born.  The New Testament term for “the anointed” 

is Χριστόςkhris-tos - the anointed, i.e. the Messiah,

          an anonym of Jesus the Christ.

           

 As the Messiah, Jesus has divine authority to rule in the lives of people!

           

          “Originally, Messiah was applicable to any one anointed with the holy oil.

             The kings of Israel were called anointed from the mode of their consecration

              (I Samuel 2:10, 35; 12:3, 5).  This word also refers to the expected Prince of

            the chosen people who was to complete God’s purposes for them and to

              redeem them, and of whose coming the prophets of the old covenant in all

              time spoke.  He was the Messiah, the Anointed, i.e. consecrated as the king

              and prophet by God’s appointment.  The word is twice used in the New

              Testament of Jesus  (John 1:41; 4:25)   The earliest gleam of the gospel

              is found in the account of the fall (Genesis 3:15).  The blessings in store for

              the children of Shem are remarkably indicted in the words of Noah (Genesis

              9:26).  Next follows the promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:2-3).  A great step

                is made in Genesis 49:10.  This is the first case in which the promises

                 distinctly center in one person.  The next passage usually quoted is the

                prophecy of Baalam (Numbers 24:17-19).   The prophecy of Moses,

                (Deuteronomy 18:18), claims attention.  Passages in the Psalms are

                numerous which are applied to the Messiah in the New Testament; such

                 as Psalms 2, 16, 22, 40 and 110.  The advance in clearness in this period

                 is great.  The name of Anointed, i.e. King, comes in, and the Messiah is

                 to come of the lineage of David.  He is described in His exaltation, with His

                 great kingdom that shall be spiritual rather than temporal  (see Psalms 2, 21,

                40, 110).  In other places He is seen in suffering and humiliation (Psalms

                16, 22, 40).  Later on the prophets show the Messiah as a king and ruler

                of David’s house, who should come to reform and restore the Jewish

                 nation and purify the Church, as in Isaiah, chapters 11 and 40 through

                 66.  The blessings of the restoration, however, will not be confined to

                 Jews; the heathen are made to share them fully (Isaiah 2, 66).  The

                 passage of Micah 5:2 (compare Matthew 2:6) left no doubt in the mind

                of the Sanhedrin as to the birthplace of the Messiah.  The lineage of

                David is again alluded to in Zechariah 12:10-14.  The coming of the

                Forerunner and of the Anointed is clearly revealed in Malachi 3:1;

                4:5-6.  The Pharisees and those of the Jews who expected Messiah

                at all looked for a temporal prince only.  Even the apostles themselves

                were infected with this opinion until after the resurrection.  (Matthew

                20:20-21; Luke 24:21; Acts 1:6.  Gleams of a purer faith appear in

                Luke 2:30; 23:42; John 45.

 

                                The above is an excerpt from: 

                                

A Dictionary of the Bible by William Smith, L.L.D.

 

 

Notice in v. 4 that Herod apparently was not familiar with Old Testament 

prophecies.  The Old Testament spoke of the coming of Christ over 300

times and the New Testament makes reference of Christ’s Second Coming

321 times.  So the question is, How was Herod so ignorant?  He had to bring 

in the religious leaders to decipher what he had heard from the wise men,

and for what good did it do?  It only made him want to kill the Christ child

and in the process, many Jewish babies were killed.  When the Magi did

not return as directed (vs. 8, 12),  

 

          “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of

            the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the

 children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from

two years old and under, according to the time which he had

diligently inquired of the wise men.”

 

            The next question is, “What good does the New Testament do us in

            preparation for the Second Coming of the Son of God?  There is a

            parallel – God meant for the world to be populated – originally, man

 was told to “fill it with people” – the meaning of “replenish the earth” –

(Genesis 1:28) – The Lord meant for the earth to “be inhabited” –

 He“established it, He created it not in vain”- (Isaiah 45:18) –

Yet women and men think it is too populous and in an effort to

slow the birth rate down, millions and millions of babies have

been aborted, or sacrificed and why?   For “convenience”? 

 May I say that for this, the world will be brought to Judgment

at the Second Coming of Christ  and one other comment –

the world will come to a disastrous end by moral failures and 

short-comings long before the Green House Effect and Global

Warming brings it’s demise along the lines mentioned in

Revelation 11:18 – CY – 2010.

 

As stated at the beginning, Jesus Christ, the Anointed of God, the Messiah,

is the Desire of all Nations”!  He will one day rule the world with “a rod of

iron” (Revelation 2:27; 12:5;  and with “a rod of iron…..and on His vesture

and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF

LORDS.” Ibid. 19:15)  In Daniel  7:13-14, Jesus is presented thus:  “I saw

in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of

heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him

near before Him.  And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a

kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His

dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His

kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”  In Isaiah 9:6-7, we are told of

Christ’s rule this way:  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be

called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,

The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of His government and peace there

shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order

it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even

for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”  Isaiah 11:6-9

also depicts that time when:   “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the

leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling 

together; and a little child shall lead them.  And the cow and the bear shall feed;

their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.  

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child

shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.  They shall not hurt nor destroy

in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the

LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”  Revelation 21:1-8, 22-27; 22:1-7,

gives this account of that day:  “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:

for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was

no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down 

from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of

God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be His people,

and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe

away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither

sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former

things are passed away.  And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold,

I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true

and faithful. And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the

beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of

the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I

will be his God, and he shall be my son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving,

and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers,

and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth 

with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”………………. “And I

saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the  Lamb are the

temple of it.  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to

shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  

And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the

kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.  And the gates of it

shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.  And they

shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.  And there shall in

no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh 

abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s

book of life”…………. “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life,

clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.  

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was

there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit

every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall

be in it; and His servants shall serve Him:  And they shall see His face; and His

name shall be in their foreheads.  And there shall be no night there; and they

need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light:

and they shall reign for ever and ever.  And he said unto me, These sayings are

faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to shew

unto His servants the things which must shortly be done.”  (another reason for

the theme of this web site:  THE TIME IS SHORT – CY – 2010)  Behold, I come

quicklyblessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”

 

However things work out, you do as directed in the last verse read here

and everything will work out alright!

 

 

 Luke 12:24-30

 

 

 Born to lose, I've lived my life in vain
Every dream has only brought me pain
All my life I've always been so blue
Born to lose and now I'm losing you
.

 

Been thinking about my adolescence in the last few days

 

III.  JESUS IS WORTHY OF WORSHIP

 

7  Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of

them diligently what time the star appeared.  8  And he sent them to

Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and

when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and

worship Him also.  9  When they had heard the king, they departed; and,

lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and

stood over where the young child was.  10 When they saw the star, they

rejoiced with exceeding great joy.  11 And when they were come into the

house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down,

and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they

presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.”

 

They gave gifts: 

 

  • frankincense - offered to God in the temple - it confessed

                              Christ's Divinity.

  • gold - offered as to a king
  • myrrh - was used in preparing a person to

                                           be buried

 

 

The spiritual contrast was clear between the responses of Herod and the Jewish

leaders and the reaction of the wise men on the other.  Those who should have

quickly recognized and celebrated God’s handiwork in the coming of the

Messiah rejected Him.  Those who followed a new star in the sky from a

pagan land came to worship the King of Kings!

 

Wise men seek Him still!

 

 

The Worthiness of Jesus Christ to be Worshipped (Revelation 4:11-5:14)

 

4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power:

for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and

were created.

 

5:1 And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book

written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.  2 And I saw

a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the

book, and to loose the seals thereof?  3  And no man in heaven, nor in

earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look

thereon.  4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open

and to read the book, neither to look thereon.  5 And one of the elders saith

unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David,

hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  6 And I

beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the

midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns

and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

7 And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon

the throne.  8 And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and

twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and

golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.  9 And they sung a

new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals

thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of

every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  10 And hast made us unto

our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.  11 And I beheld,

and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts

and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand,

and thousands of thousands;  12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb

that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor,

and glory, and blessing.  13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the

earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, 

heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that

sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  14 And the

four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and 

worshipped Him that liveth for ever and ever.”

 

 

The song “Agnes Dei” is a touch of this Spirit! – (CY – 2010)

 

           

 

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