Matthew 2 – The Wise men Visist Jesus

Matthew chapter 2 meaning/summary, moral lessons, multiple translations and prayer points.

Matthew 2 Summary

Matthew 2 refers to the second chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible. It primarily focuses on the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ, including the visit of the wise men who followed the star to find the newborn Jesus in Bethlehem. The chapter also describes King Herod’s attempt to locate and harm the child, leading to the Holy Family’s escape to Egypt.

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key Moments in Matthew Chapter 2

  1. Visit of the Magi (Wise Men): Wise men from the East, following a star, come to Jerusalem seeking the newborn “King of the Jews.” They inquire about the child’s whereabouts, causing concern among the people.
  2. Herod’s Reaction: King Herod, upon hearing about the birth of a potential rival king, becomes troubled. He consults the chief priests and scribes to learn the prophesied birthplace of the Messiah.
  3. Bethlehem: The religious leaders inform Herod that Bethlehem is the prophesied birthplace. Herod then secretly meets with the Magi and asks them to report back after finding the child.
  4. Magi’s Visit to Jesus: The star guides the Magi to the house where Jesus and his family are. They present gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, symbolizing Jesus’ kingship, deity, and eventual sacrifice.
  5. Warning Dream: The Magi are warned in a dream not to return to Herod, prompting them to depart for their own country via a different route.
  6. Escape to Egypt: After the Magi leave, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream, instructing him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape Herod’s wrath.
  7. Herod’s Cruelty: Realizing he has been deceived by the Magi, Herod reacts violently by ordering the massacre of all male children in Bethlehem under the age of two, known as the “Massacre of the Innocents.”
  8. Return from Egypt: After Herod’s death, an angel appears to Joseph in another dream, prompting the Holy Family to return to Israel. They settle in Nazareth, fulfilling further prophecies.

It highlights the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, emphasizes Jesus as the promised Messiah, and portrays the contrast between the worldly power of Herod and the divine purpose of Jesus’ life.

Matthew 2 KJV

 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,

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.

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

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

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

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.

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

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.

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.

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16 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.

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Prayer Points From Matthew 2

Lord, grant me the wisdom to seek You consciouslt and diligently, just as the Magi sought the newborn King.

May my life and all that has to do with be guided by Your light, and may I humbly worship and present my gifts before You. Amen.”

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