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Re: The Wise Men
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:50:50 pm »
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Matt 2:3-4 . . And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he began to inquire of them where the Christ was to be born.

Matthew, not Herod, calls Jesus the Christ. The Greek word basically refers to anointing; which is how Jewish kings were installed back in the Old Testament; for example David. (1Sam 16:1-13)

Right about here I get a bit curious. Why would Herod think the king that the wise men sought was predicted in the Bible? It seems to me that in order for Herod to be thinking that way, he'd have to be aware of Daniel's famous seventy-week prophecy. (Dan 9:24-27)

And why would the chief priests and scribes think that way too? Well; they being Old Testament experts were for sure aware of Daniel's prophecy and I'll just bet that they and their forbearers had been keeping track of Daniel's timeline all along and thus probably not all that surprised when rumors of a Messiah started cropping up in their day.

Well; anyway, Herod asked the wrong question. According to Matt 2:2, baby Jesus was already born; in fact, born even before the wise men left their country. So then, knowing where Israel's new king was to be born was a long shot that he'd still be there. The question Herod should have asked is: Where might the boy be now?


FYI: Jesus' hometown Nazareth was predicted by the prophets (Matt 2:23), but not recorded by the prophets. That's curious; but does alert us to the fact that the prophets didn't put everything down in writing.
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