Matthew 2: The Power of Prophecy

Summary Highlights:

In this chapter, Jesus is born and King Herod is trying to find and kill him because it had been prophesied that he would be King of the Jews, who Herod currently ruled.

Some wise men who were known as magicians went to see Jesus to bow to him. (Magicians were scientists and apparently astronomers) Herod tried to trick the astronomers into leading him to Jesus, but they had been warned of his trickery in a dream so they did not lead Herod to Jesus.

A messenger of God told Joseph, Jesus’s daddy, to run and hide Jesus in Egypt and they did.

When Herod could not find Jesus, he began killing all male Hebrew children under the age of 2 years.

After some time, God sent a messenger to Joseph again to tell him the coast was clear since Herod had died. So they left Egypt and went to Israel.

Joseph was fearful to go to Judea because Herod’s son was now king, so instead, they went to Galilee where they lived in the city of Nazareth.

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Instructions: Read Matthew Chapter 2 in the King James Version to avoid confusion, since this is the version used for these lessons. It is best if you read the bible before watching or reading the following material, to help develop your own understanding without any outside influence other than what you have been previously exposed to.

Video Lesson: This is a video originally created for a private bible study group. It summarizes the information below. It is recommended that you also read through the entire lesson so that you do not miss anything. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMNdUD3Vcic

Instructions: Please see Matthew 2 Study Guide PDF for complete lesson content.

Final Thoughts:

Jesus came that we might have knowledge of our True and Living God, so that He could instruct us for an eternity. Yeshua came into this world by the hand and instruction of our Father through divine prophecy and dreams.

True salvation, is in understanding this and doing what it takes to gain that knowledge that brings us to the understanding of our relationship with God and with Yeshua. Yeshua says later in Matthew “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall follow.” This is ‘seeking the kingdom’, it is a relentless search for truth and knowledge of the true God who is our Father.

If you went to seek knowledge that would allow you to become a medical doctor, would you have the expectation that you can go in once per week, ask your professors for good grades every day and become a doctor in eight years? Gaining spiritual maturity requires just as much work, if not more. You must dedicate yourself to finding truth.

Taking the journey toward truth; thus toward God, is one that begins in a single step. Commit to step one, Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added to you.(Matthew 6:33)

Considering you are reading this, you have already taken step one, now all you have to do is commit to it!

 

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