"Now all this was done, that
it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet,
"Behold, a virgin shall be
with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his
name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is,
with us." (Matthew 1:22-23)
these things happened so that the prophecies would be fulfilled and
would be born. Again
showed that He never fails to fulfill His Promises, and that all the
prophecies eventually will be fulfilled. <2>Humanity must and will realize that the
best way is His Way, and the goal and purpose of this creation is
that all reach
"Then Joseph being raised
from sleep did as the
of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:" (Matthew
Joseph was informed and realized that he had been chosen for a great
task, he obeyed and surrendered his earthly
concepts and became submissive to His
Will. So he took Mary to be his wife.
"And knew her not till she
had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name ()."
gave the name
as his birth name, but his true name, "...called..." was ()!
was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king,
behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,"
"Saying, Where is he that is
born King of the
for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."
was the king of Judaea and subordinate to Rome. In his reign the
wise men of the east, who were astrologers, came to worship
because they had seen his star and knew a Great Soul was born as the
"King of the
"When Herod the king had
heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him." (Matthew 2:3)
thought the king of the
would rise against him and take the earthly kingdom from him. He was
very low in thought, like everyone else, "all Jerusalem with him." He could not understand that the "King of the
had not come to destroy his kingdom. So he was troubled.
"And when he had gathered all
the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of
should be born." (Matthew 2:4)
tried to find out where he could find the child. The negative forces
started to try to destroy the
(Christ). He thought he could fight with the Will of the Lord.
"And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is
written by the prophet,"
"And thou Bethlehem, in the
land of Juda, are not the least among the princes of Juda: for out
of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people
is true that
is called the King of the
of Judah) but in reality he came to
House of Israel);
Children of Abram (Abraham), All Prophecies Are Fulfilled.
"Then Herod, when he had
privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time
the star appeared." (Matthew 2:7)
was trying to find out the birth place and age of the child
who was born a king.
"And he sent them to
Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child;
and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and
worship him also." (Matthew 2:8)
was trying to use the wise men to find the child. But as it was
said, they were wise, and also
was with the child.
"When they had heard the
king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east,
went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child
was." (Matthew 2:9)
wise men realized the young child when they saw him.
"When they saw the star, they
rejoiced with exceeding great joy."
"And when they were come into
the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell
down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures,
they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
accepted him as a great master by presenting gifts to him.
"And being warned of
in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into
their own country another way." (Matthew 2:12)
plan of Herod to use the wise men to find the child was thwarted by
"And when they were departed,
of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take
the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt, and be thou
there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child
to destroy him."
"And when he arose, he took
the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:"
"And was there until the
death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the
Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son."
these things happened, such as the wise men coming, Herod being
informed of the child so that he was aroused, and then Mary and
Joseph being forced to go to Egypt, <15>so
that the prophecies "by the prophet" were fulfilled.
and his family moving to Egypt, they came in touch with the Egyptian
spiritual knowledge and were influenced by it.
"Then Herod, when he saw that
he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth,
and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the
coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time
which he had diligently enquired of the wise men."
"Then was fulfilled that
which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,"
"In Rama was there a voice
heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping
for her children, and would not be comforted, because they were
not." (Matthew 2:16-18)
Herod was used so that this prophecy would be fulfilled. The name
Rama is the same as Rahma in Sanskrit.
"But when Herod was dead,
of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,"
"Saying Arise, and take the
young child and his mother, and go into the land of
Israel: for they
are dead which sought the young child's life."
"And he arose, and took the
young child and his mother, and came into the land of
"But when he heard that
Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he
was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of
in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:"
"And he came and dwelt in a
city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by
prophets, He shall
be called a Nazarene." (Matthew 2:19-23)
all these things happened so that the prophecies were fulfilled and