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We Seen His Star
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This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books Acts, John, Mark, Matthew, Micah.

We Seen His Star

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 26, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 Now after Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, Magi from the east arrived at Jerusalem,

2 Saying, “Where is the One Who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.”

3 But when Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And after gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born.

5 Then they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written by the prophet:

6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judea, in no way are you least among the princes of Judea; for out of you shall come forth a Prince, Who shall shepherd My people Israel.’ ”

BACKGROUND
Jesus was born during the time of Herod the Great, who through treachery and murder removed all possible rivals. Then, having made his position safe, he began to develop and expand his kingdom. He ruled Judea for thirty-three years (37-4 BC). He carried out impressive building programs, two of his most notable achievements being the rebuilding of Samaria and the construction of Caesarea as a Mediterranean port.

In Jerusalem he built a military fortress, government buildings, a palace for himself and a magnificent temple for the Jews (Matt 27:27; Mark 13:1; John 2:20; Acts 23:10,35 ).

Meanwhile, in a country to the east, men known as Magi (people who study the stars) had worked out that a new king was born in Judea and they came to Jerusalem looking for Him.

The home of Joseph, Bethlehem, means ‘house of bread’. It is a small town six miles from Jerusalem. The Jews were expecting a king who would come from David’s town. This king would be even greater than His ancestor, King David.

Herod was very afraid that he would lose his power. Herod suspected that some men wanted to be the ruler instead of him. So he killed anyone whom he suspected. He even murdered three of his own sons whom he thought were plotting against him. The great Roman king Augustus said that it was not safe to be Herod’s son. He said that it was safer to be Herod’s pig than to be his son. This explains his wickedness towards human beings.

The people in Jerusalem were worried. They knew that Herod would remove the child. And they knew how he might do it.

The chief priests reminded Herod of what God’s servant Micah wrote long ago (Micah 5:2). God promised that the ruler would come from Bethlehem. They gave the right answer, but they did not go to Bethlehem. They did not go to see whether Micah’s words had come true or not.

 

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Every great person experiences bizarre circumstances that propel them unto greater heights

🔷 Leaders with parochial interest will fear any person who does things right, and serves God’s purpose.

🔷 God will use the seemingly foolish things and families and communities to honour His name and deliver His people

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray against any treachery against your life
💥 Ask God to use you to deliver many others

CONCLUSION📙
No one chases after a vision-less person other. It is only those who are marked for success that are persecuted and troubled. Even the mention of their names makes people tremble. How can baby Jesus disturb a king so much? But what can Herod do to Jesus? Nothing!
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections