January 2, Reading 3 – Matthew 2

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SAA Notes

The Magi visit Joseph and Mary in the house, not the stable! As David’s heir, Jesus is born in David’s town. The political forces against Jesus were overwhelming. God is not overwhelmed!

SJA Notes

It’s interesting hey in this passage, the dreams. The idea of dreaming, and the specific usage of the Lord God in using dreams.

The wise men were warned in a dream. Joseph was warned, then encouraged, then warned again in dreams.

And remember in chapter one that Joseph had been encouraged in a dream by an angel of the Lord (ch1 v18-21).

Many strange and wondrous events and happenings surround Jesus’ birth, His life and His death and resurrection (which is in itself the most wonderful and amazing of events).

Even with the dreams though, look at the driving force of intent here. It is God’s word.

The wise men, they knew God’s word, they knew Micah the prophet, where he spoke of Bethlehem in Judah, and they knew that this meant the messiah would be born there – And then they travelled to see this messiah (because of the star).

For us, we have the wonderful privilege and blessing of God’s word, Genesis to Revelation.

As we read in Hebrews ch4, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the vision of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

This is God’s word. Important and relevant to us every day.

And Jesus, the baby born in a manger – He is God’s word become flesh.

As we walk through the gospels, it is good to be reminded that this baby, He is the Word of God become flesh. The energy through which creation was made, the energy by which creation is sustained.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

  • Gracious God,

Thank You for Jesus, Your Word, born in a manger.

Thank You that You sent Your warnings to Joseph, through dreams, and that he heeded Your warnings.

May we submit under Your will each day, and go about Your will.

Amen.

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