The Chapter of Geography

The second chapter of Matthew is a wonderful record of fulfillment of prophecies concerning Jesus Christ.  In His birth, life, death and resurrection Jesus fulfilled each of the prophecies foretelling of the Messiah perfectly.  In this text geography is used to prove the Christ.


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 (Matthew 2:1).  It was no accident or happenstance that Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  The place of His birth was in fulfillment to the prophecy given by Micah some 700 years earlier.  And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel (Matthew 2:5-6; Micah 5:2).


And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel 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. 14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt (Matthew 2:12-14).  Upon learning of the birth of the King of the Jews, King Herod desired to find and kill this child.  God warned Joseph therefore he carried his young family into Egypt for safety sake.

It was no accident or happenstance that Joseph, Mary and Jesus went to Egypt but in fulfillment of the prophecy of Hosea some 750 years earlier.  When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 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 (Matthew 2:14-15; Hosea 11:1).


When Herod learned that the King of the Jews would not be delivered to him, he made the decree to kill all the two year old and under children in Bethlehem and the surrounding area.  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 (Matthew 2:16).

It was no accident or happenstance that Herod killed all these children and caused such mourning.  Even this horrific act was in fulfillment of the prophet Jeremiah some 600 years earlier.  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 18 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 are not (Matthew 2:17-18; Jeremiah 31:15).


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 God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene (Matthew 2:22-23).  It was no accident or happenstance where Jesus called home as a boy.  This place was foretold by the Old Testament prophets:  Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph (John 1:45).

Let us thank God for providing such wonderful proof concerning our Lord and Savior.