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Dec 27, 2020

The Visit of the Magi

The Visit of the Magi

Passage: Matthew 2:1-12

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

In Daniel chapter 2, the prophet interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream which none of the wise men of Babylon could identify and interpret. In Daniel 2:48-49 we learn that Daniel was promoted by Nebuchadnezzar and placed in charge of all the “wise men.” As the head of the wise men, he was in a position to make additions to their library and must have inserted the Hebrew scriptures into the library of the magi. We know this because the magi from Babylon have an awareness of the prophecy in Micah 5:2 that a king of the Jews would be born in Bethlehem and they go searching. But before they find the true King of the Jews, they find the evil man currently occupying that throne and title, a vassal king named Herod. He is 50% Jewish, 50% Edomite and 100% evil and ruthless. In this passage we see how Herod seeks to deceive the wise men and how God intervenes.