Worth the Journey

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  • Date: Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Speaker: Pastor Dennis Hilken
  • Series: Worth the Journey
  • Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

“And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him.” Matthew 2:11a


  • MAGI
  • King Herod and all Jerusalem
  • The family
  • the STAR
  • King Nebuchadnezzar & DANIEL (Daniel 2:48)


The author and his choices

  • Matthew is writing to the JEWISH people
  • Matthew quotes the Bible carefully
      Did: Micah 5:2, Hosea 11:1, Jeremiah 31:15
      Didn’t: Numbers 24:14-19, Isaiah 60:1-14, Psalm 72
  • Matthew omits much that we WANT to know


  • Jesus is conceived/born in Bethlehem
  • The star appears
  • The magi follow the star to Jerusalem
  • The magi begin to inquire where the new king can be found
  • The magi have audience with Herod and all Jerusalem is troubled
  • Herod summons the Jewish scholars who report on Bethlehem
  • Herod meets privately with magi and determines origination date
    and requests information sharing
  • Star reappears over Bethlehem and guides them to Jesus’ location
  • A prophetic dream warns them not to return to Herod

Matthew the EVANGELIST – beginning to end