Visit of the
Wise Men (2:1-12)
The wise men’s
and plot (3-8)
worshiping Jesus (9-11)
another route (12)
Escape to Egypt
and the flight to Egypt
Return to Nazareth (2:19-23)
King of the
Jews, worship, fulfilled, child
1. King Herod,
along with all Jerusalem,
was disturbed by the news. It is obvious that Herod felt threatened by the
birth of this “King of the Jews,” since he himself was
supposed to be the king. The reaction of the people could have come from a mix
of uncertainty about the outcome of this event and an eager expectation of the
promised Shepherd of Israel.
2. He was crafty;
he tricked the wise men into believing that he also wanted to worship the child
king. He had no concern for the people whom he was ruling over. Because of his
lust for power and selfishness, he would rather kill all the innocent infants
than give up his throne.
3. He was the
ruler from Judah
(6). He brought justice and truth to His people and established God’s kingdom
on earth. He carried authority and power, and people of all nations will
He was the
Shepherd. He tended his flock with love and compassion. He came to seek the
lost and provide healing (Isa 40:11; Ezek 34:11-16).
According to Jn 10, He was the good shepherd who even
laid down his life for the sheep.
4. Ps 72:10-11
and Isa 60:6 prophesied that foreign kings would come
and bow down to the King of Israel and bring Him tribute. The writer probably
has this prophecy in mind when he records this visit. The wise men must have
also understood the extraordinary nature of this king’s birth. The universal
reign and influence that Jesus would have on this world explains the wise men’s
diligent and persistent efforts to travel long distances to seek and worship
5. Herod actually
had no intention whatsoever to worship Christ. So he did not even make an
effort to look for Jesus. Instead, he simply asked the wise men to report his
whereabouts. The wise men, on the contrary, earnestly
and persistently inquired of the people and sought for the king until they
finally reached the house where Jesus was. It was to such people that God
provides guidance and revelation in their search.
6. Because God’s
will in our lives often runs contrary to our personal
wants and interests, we may feel threatened to allow God to work. We have to
remove our pride, selfishness, or pleasure and humbly submit to God regardless
of the cost. Such self-denial, required of all the followers of Christ, is what
it takes to remove the obstacles in obeying God.
7. In this story,
the people of Bethlehem
wept just as the Israelites wept when they passed through Ramah during exile.
Incidentally, Herod’s atrocity and the weeping of the people could be
representative of the evil of sin and the captivity of God’s people under sin.
Therefore, the citation of Jeremiah’s prophecy was appropriate not only because
of the weeping that had occurred but also its connection to the condition of
God’s people. According to Jeremiah’s prophecy (Jer
31:16-17), the people will be comforted when God brings the people back from
exile. Likewise, God’s people will also be comforted when Jesus, the true King
of the Jews, delivers them from their sins.
8. We can learn
from his unconditional obedience and quick response to God’s word. Although he
was the head of the house, he submitted to the Lord’s guidance. Throughout the
story, he never spoke a word. Instead of reasoning with God, he simply trusted
God in every incident.