In the beginning of Matthews's gospel, he represents us his vision of the genealogy of Jesus and then tells the birth story of Jesus. He told us that when Mary's husband Joseph found out that she was pregnant, he wanted to divorce her. However, there was an angel that told Joseph not to, as that child was from the Holy Spirit. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, according to the prophecies. Magi came from the East to Jerusalem to find Him, because they saw a star. King Herod tried to find out where Jesus was and asked Magi to come back and inform him. The Wiseman followed the star and came to the house where Jesus and Mary were; and gave Him presents. Then, there was a vision to Joseph where he was told to go to Egypt with Jesus & Mary. Magi had a vision too, and were told not to come back to Herod. When the king realized that the Magi outwitted him, he ordered to kill all the boys in Bethlehem up to 2 yr. of age. After the death of Herod an angel came to Joseph and told him to go back to Israel.
Matthew wrote the book to show people that Jesus was the expected Messiah; that He is going to rescue people from the bondage and sit on the throne of David. This way, Jesus, the King, needed to have a father called David. Therefore, Matthew divides His genealogy into 3 parts of 14. That refers to the name David that in Hebrew is equal to the number 14(dwd = 4+6+4). Matthew also uses the birth of Jesus as a fulfillment of the prophesies from the Old Testament. Jesus, according to Matthew and his references to the... [continues]
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