Matthew 2

 Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Matthew 2

Jesus, as the King of the Jews.

Matthew witnessed to Jesus as the King of the Jews in his birth narratives of Jesus. Jesus is the Messiah, born as the King for whom prophets prophesized about him.

The wise men (1-12) — The Magi from the East is gentile who came to give homage to baby Jesus. “Where is the one who have been born king of the Jews?” is the focus on who they knew Jesus was from the prophet Zechariah 9:9. The birth of Jesus as the king was also prophesied by Micah 6:2 on where he would be born.

Escape to Egypt and return (13-23) — Prophesy on Jesus’ escape to Egypt was fulfilled (Hosea 11:1). Herod’s massacre of infant boys two years and under in Bethlehem and its vicinity was fulfilled the lamentation in Jeremiah 31:15.

The birth narrative and early life of Jesus by Matthew supports that Jesus was born as the King of the Jews.

 After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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