The Epiphany of Our Lord

    Sermon Text: Matthew 2:1-2

    Other Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:2-12

 

1.  The Magi came “from the east” (Matthew 2:1). What land or country east of Israel might they have come from?

 

2.  In the sermon, we talked about why Herod was disturbed about the birth of the King of the Jews. But why might “all Jerusalem” have been disturbed with him (2:4)?

 

3.  Why did Herod really want to know where baby Jesus was staying? (cp. Matthew 2:13-18)

 

4.  How do the Magi fulfill the prophecy in Isaiah 60:1-6?

 

5.  The Magi “bowed down” as they worshiped Jesus as a way to show their reverence. We don’t often do that, if at all. When we worship, how do we revere our King Jesus with our posture?

 

6.  What are some of the ways King Jesus ruled your life and shepherded you in 2018?

 

 

 

 

 

1.  We can only guess, but perhaps Persia or Arabia. Remember that the Kingdom of Judah was exiled to the east in Babylon (2 Chronicles 36:15-23) and that many Jewish people settled there. The Magi might have learned about the prophecy of the King of the Jews from ancestors of those exiled people.

2.  Again, we can’t say for sure. It may be that they felt threatened by reports of a new king on the scene. More likely, they probably feared what ruthless King Herod would do to them if he felt threatened by a rival king in their midst.

3.  Herod wanted to find and kill this rival king.

4.  Their gifts fulfill Isaiah 60:6. They came from another nation and fulfilled verse 3. In general, they saw the spiritual light God gives us in Jesus.

5.  Answers will vary. We often stand for prayer or bow our heads. We often stand for the reading of the Gospel out of respect for the works and words of Jesus.

6.  Answers will vary, but we all can point to a number of ways that Jesus was our king spiritually and in this life in 2018. And we know he will be in 2019!