Matthew 2 Outline
– The three magi paid a visit to Jesus Christ (Matthew 2:1-12)
– Joseph took his family and ran away to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-18)
– Joseph settled down in Nazareth, Galilee (Matthew 2:19-23)
Matthew 2 Bible Study
Herod was reining Judea at the time of Jesus’ birth. Three magi from the east notice the star of Jesus Christ and began following it. When King Herod learned about this, he was worried and he assembled the chief priests and teachers of the law to question them about the time when Jesus will be born. They answered him that he will be born in Bethlehem as prophesied in Micah 5:2.
Later, Herod called in the three magi and asked them to inform him when they find the child so that he can go to worship him. The three magi promised to return to King Herod and inform him after they had found the child. The star stopped over at the place where Jesus was born. The three magi were thrilled when they saw the child. They bowed down to worship the child. After that, they brought out gifts including golf, frankincense and myrrh and gave them to Jesus. When the three magi were warned in a dream to not go back to Herod, they took a different passageway to go home.
An angel appeared to Joseph and told him to take the baby and the mother to Egypt because Herod intends to kill him. Joseph did as the angel told him and took the baby and the mother and fled to Egypt.
Herod was furious when he discovered that the three magi had deceived him. This fulfills the prophesy in Jeremiah 31:15 that mourning can be heard in Ramah because Rachel’s children had died.
After the death of King Herod, the angel appeared and asked Joseph to take the baby and the mother back to Israel. When Joseph found out that Archelaus, the son of Herod had acceded the throne, he decided to turn into Galilee and settle down in Nazareth. Jesus came to earth so that the prophesies about him can be fulfilled. Joseph was obedient when the angel told him to go back to Judea. Joseph was afraid when he knew that the son of Herod had taken the throne. He asked for the angel’s permission to turn into Nazareth and he allowed him. God had control all the events of our lives. When we trust in God, he will lead and guide us out of the troubles. Every single prophesy of God will come to fulfilled. In Matthew 24:35, heaven and earth may passes away but God’s words will not pass away.