Matthew Chapter 2 Discussion Page 2



 
  • Dianne - in Reply on Matthew 2
    Joanne If the House of israel would have not rejected the messiah we would not have the priviledge to be christians now but God knew they were going to reject His Son They never believed He Is the Son of God they to this day believe he was just a prophet.
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 2
    Hello Joanne. Matthew 15:24: "But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

    Jesus had gone to the coastal towns of Tyre & Sidon which are in Phoenicia. He went to minister to the Jews there (you might remember that the tribe of Asher had inherited some of that portion of the Land of Canaan back in the days of Joshua). So, we're not told what type of ministry Jesus was already doing there, when a Canaanitish woman approached Him to heal her demon-possessed daughter. Jesus didn't want to expand His Work to all people, so initially He refused her, saying that His Mission was to "the lost sheep of Israel", or the Jews who were perishing/in darkness for lack of Truth. Some could interpret Jesus' phrase as 'to the Jews who were scattered in these far off parts', but I think the emphasis on their 'spiritual needs' was what Jesus was referring to here. If Jesse sees this, he could clarify it better than me.

    But because of this woman's great faith, Jesus just gave the Word of healing, for we read that her daughter was healed in that hour, or in that moment. And Jesus did touch the lives of non-Jews from time to time (e.g. you can look up Matthew 8:5-13; John 4:1-42; Mark 5:1-17) but His Mission was primarily to the "lost sheep of Israel".
  • Joanne David on Matthew 2
    What does this particular part of scripture means: CHRIST was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel .
  • James Dunn on Matthew 2
    This Question is for the Jewish Rabbi's, per the Jewish Scriptures, What was the timeframe and year of the Comet that fell for 70 days?

    Was it 5 BCE or another year?
  • Carleton on Matthew 2
    What foundation can we go back to as brother's in Christ? Can we justify our relationship to this foundation only by scripture or is there other evidence? What is accountability? Does the Holy Ghost remind us of our foundation and what it cost? Did we sell everything to know the foundation? Do we remain on the foundation or is there temptation to wander off? Can we/you teach the Gospel or reprove for the Gospel's sake if we are not on the foundation? Who is our brother, who is our sister? On the true foundation do we remain teachable? God leads to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, do we know Him?

    morning meditation.
  • Cherryl jordan jones on Matthew 2
    It was really awesome to see that even though out of fear joseph decided not to go to israel, God had another prophecy for him taking jesus to Nazareth. It gives hope to those who would have felt that chances were lost by decisions they would have made. God never give up on us and continues to journey with us until we arrive at that place.
  • Ken on Matthew 2
    Matthew 2:4

    KJV 1611 reads "where Christ" referring to Herod asking where the Christ is to be born. The Greek reads

    "where the Christ" with the definite article. Christ was not Jesus's surname. The NKJV has the definite article, having corrected this error in the KJV.
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Matthew 2
    God gave some unconditional promises to Israel, Those promises depend on Gods faithfulness not Israel's.
  • Sally on Matthew 2
    i'm an American i was born in Mexico i've believed in Jesus and heard messages given me in dreams and words when waking up. once i heard Israel this is your last chance at that time i was being carnal cause someone was attacking me.
  • Richard - in Reply on Matthew 2
    Privately
  • Henry on Matthew 2
    What is privily
  • Gioia Vellekoop on Matthew 2
    I like to read this
  • Rick Mentzer - in Reply on Matthew 2
    At least two thats why they say a young child
  • Angela J Lewis on Matthew 2
    How old was Jesus when the wise man came to visit
  • Gerry Hodge - in Reply on Matthew 2
    In the text it indicates that Jesus was a young child, how young was he when the kings arrived? We have always believed that he was a baby in the manger when the kings arrived........
  • Admin - in Reply on Matthew 2
    Dear Sam,

    Thank you for your feedback. Can you please be more specific? What specific comment by whom do you feel is in error and what specific book and chapter of the commentary do you disagree with?
  • Sam on Matthew 2
    This web site is a dishonour to the Lord and some day those responsible will answer for it .

    Get rid of your comments and commentary made by men that are in error !
  • Mishael - in Reply on Matthew 2
    I had heard in the past, around age 2; which I tend to believe. It would've been very difficult to go those distances with a newborn infant.

    Here's some Google history:

    They reached Egypt after a 65 kilometers journey where they lived for three years until after the death of Herod in 4 B.C. when Joseph had a dream that it is safe to return to Israel. The family traveled to Nazareth which took them a journey of at least 170 kilometers.

    The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 2, gives a biblical summary of Christ's early infancy and childhood. This passage identifies the place of Christ's birth as being Bethlehem of Judea and the time of His birth was in the days of Herod the King. Herod the King was known as "Herod the Great," and was made King by the Romans in the year 43 BC Historians tell us that his death occurred approximately 4 BC According to Matthew Henry's commentary on the book of Matthew, page 10, Christ was born in the 35th year of Herod the Great's reign. According to Albert Barnes' commentary on the book of Matthew, King Herod the Great died in his 37th year of reign. The best chronologers have supposed that Herod died somewhere between two and four years after the birth of Christ, but the particular time cannot now be determined; nor can it be ascertained at what age Jesus was taken into Egypt. It seems probable that He was between one and two years old-based upon the account of Herod's order to kill all the children two years and under.
  • Lynn Bennett - in Reply on Matthew 2
    After Joseph was told to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt how long did they remain there, how many years till Herod die?
  • Lynn Bennett on Matthew 2
    After Christ was born, how many days later did the three wise men visit?
  • Carolyn on Matthew 2
    The most tragic figures in Matthew's 2nd chapter are the mothers of the children slain by Herod. They would not be comforted because their children were no more. As the mother of a lost child, I can envision their grief and horror since it is not clear they had any real clue as to why their babies were dead. I am struggling with the question this brings up: if fulfilling God's plan meant allowing my child to be slain, could I do it? Who among us could? Yes, God the Father could, and did, allow his Son's death. What could I sacrifice?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Matthew 2:13
    Book of Joel, chapter 1

    8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

    9 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn.

    10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.

    11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

    12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.

    13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

    14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,

    15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
  • Jonathan on Matthew 2:13
    In what book can I find the verse "Marry the child of your youth".
  • The Slaughter of the Innocent Children - in Reply on Matthew 2
    Jeremiah 15-18 Prophesy

    15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. (Killed by Herod)

    16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

    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.

    Matthew 2:13-18; the event as foretold by Jeremiah:

    13 And when they (the 3 Kings) 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 (Jesus) 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, Jeremiah 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 enquired of the wise men.

    Comment: it was a prophesy foretold hundreds of years prior. All of Gods prophesies will be fulfilled; if He tells it to a prophet. Note: the slain children went to heaven that day.

    Mishael

    If only we cared as much for millions of aborted babies in our nation??

    Let us cast our VOTE for the Presidential candidate that is Against Abortion & Planned Parenthood. Amen!
  • Ignazio Giuseppe on Matthew 2
    I don't understand why God sent a messenger to warn Joseph of the impending coming of Herod's men and didn't do the same for the parents of the children murdered on that unfortunate night.
  • Tim on Matthew 2
    In Judaism and the Old Testament there are Nazarites. The Nazarites followed very strict interpretation of Jewish Law which included not drinking wine or grapes amoung others. Could the place of Nazareth be confused in interpretation to being a Nazarite?
  • Susie on Matthew 2
    Jesus the beloved Son of God came to this world to save us from sin. How beautiful was the birth of our Deliverer and Saviour.
  • Albert liboyio on Matthew 2
    Morning brethren?Let us always follow the word of God not our thoughts as the book of mathew2says.
  • Albina on Matthew 2
    This is a testimony by Mathew regarding the basic events that occur when our Savior was born. Without adding anything from anywhere else we can conclude that the birth of Jesus was prophesied way before He was born. This chapter does not state that the wise men were saints. In Russian translation they are called volkhv (which are somebody like sorcerer or magician). Somehow it was open to them that there will be a birth of the King of Jews. God can use anybody in order to achieve His plans, and here he used wise men. Whether wise men knew about the real significance of this event, we do not know, however perhaps they knew something very important about was happening by reading stars.


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