Two Questions, One Response

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him (Matthew 2:2 KJV).

Today’s Scripture is the first question in the “New Testament” Scriptures. The first question in the “Old Testament” is Genesis 3:9: “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” What comparisons and contrasts do these two questions allow us to make?

Notice Matthew 2:1-3: “[1] Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, [2] Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. [3] When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.”

Going back to Genesis chapter 3: “[8] And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. [9] And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? [10] And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

Genesis records Adam, the king of earth, losing his crown through willful disobedience: in Genesis, we see Satan’s rise to assume man’s God-given power over the earth. Matthew has God’s Son coming to restore His authority over the earth: in Matthew, the last Adam purposes to undo the damage that the first Adam incurred. In Genesis, the question highlights God seeking man. Adam and Eve have fallen into sin, are hiding amongst the trees, and need to be brought to accountability there in the Garden of Eden. In Matthew, it is some Gentile wise men from the east coming to Jerusalem, looking for Israel’s King-Messiah. Adam and Eve were troubled when facing a meeting with the one true God. Likewise, sinful Jerusalem was disturbed upon realizing the one true God was in their midst!