This section marks the final entry of the story of Jesus’ childhood, and Matthews attempts to shoehorn that childhood into as many prophecies as possible. As ridiculous as it seems, I honestly think Matthew is being serious. It feels very conspiracy theory, though. I imagine him talking very quickly, and emphasising the prophecy bits with raised eyebrows.
Seriously, Matthew needs to come up with a different reason for why things happen than ‘an angel came to them in a dream’. Every… time… it’s an angel in their dreams. On the other hand, hey, if that’s what happened, that’s what happened. Maybe people didn’t need as much variety in their lives 2000 years ago. I can just imagine today, ‘You’ve already come to me in my dreams twice already, can’t you send a text, or write something on the wall this time? No one believes me when it’s a dream thing!’
Archelaus was reputed to be just as ruthless as his dad, Herod. Thus the fear. Instead, he went to Galilee, specifically Nazareth. Why is that, you ask? Well didn’t you know about the prophecy that said the Messiah would be called a Nazarene? It would appear that, at the time, being called a Nazarene was a derogatory thing or something to be ashamed of. In other words, something Jesus wouldn’t want to be called.
And there you have it, the birth story of Christ as told by Matthew. My reasonable assessment? It sounds like a guy trying really hard to convince a superstitious crowd that Jesus fit all of the prophecies of the Messiah. I liked Marks arguments better, as they were based on Jesus’ actions and miracles. We’re not done with the convincing yet, though. So let’s not write Matthew off just yet.
Until next time, grace and peace to you all.