Living in the Two Hearts

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Approaching Magi, Part 2…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 4, 2017

For in the city of David, there is born for you a Savior...

For in the city of David, there is born for you a Savior…

On to more scriptural details…`

Again, Sacred Scripture details the arrival of the three kings from the East, but Matthew’s Gospel skips a whole, and very important section in the life of the Christ Child. His circumcision and presentation. For we are told that,

…God sent forthHis Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  ~Gal 4:4b-5

Okay, Christ is under the law, this means He must recieve what is required by the Law which is circumcision on the 8th day AFTER His birth (Lk 2:21; Gen 17: 10-12, 13b). Then the presentation in the temple IN Jerusalem 32 days after His circumcision. Because He is a firstborn male of the House of Israel thereore He must be presented in the Temple (Lk 2:22-38; Lv 12: 2-4, 6-8; Ex 13: 1-2, 13c), as an offering to God.

Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John

Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John

Matthew’s Gospel omitts these fine details. Why? Most likely because his audience was Jewish and they knew this would have occured.

Luke includes these details. Why? Most likely becuase his audience were non-jews of the Roman Empire who wanted to know more about this Jewish Man who died and rose again for the salvation of mankind, as preached by the Apostles, including St John to whom Luke was a devout desciple of.

Why bring all this up? Because of the above paragraph with all these details:

…God sent forthHis Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  ~Gal 4:4b-5

[Under the Law Christ] must recieve circumcision after the 8th day from His birth (Lk 2:21; Gen 17: 10-12, 13b). Then 32 days after His circumcision, as He is a firstborn male of the House of Israel, He must be presented in the Temple (Lk 2:22-38; Lv 12: 2-4, 6-8; Ex 13: 1-2, 13c), as an offering to God.

Lo, the star which they had seen went before them to rest over the place where the child was.

Lo, the star which they had seen went before them to rest over the place where the child was.

Which makes it IMPOSSIBLE for the Magi to have visited the Christ child anytime other than immediately after His birth. If they had they would not have traveled to Jeruslem, and then on to Bethlehem but up to Nazareth and the star would never have occurred.

And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, [the Holy Family] returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth… ~Lk 2:39 (emphasis added)

Why?

Becuase Joseph and Mary would not have been in Jerusalem beyond Christ’s presentation. Joseph had a business to run back in Nazareth. The only actual reason they traveled to Bethlehem at all was because of Caesar’s command for a census.

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Agustus that all the world should be enrolled…each to his own city…Joseph went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house…of David, to be enrolled with Mary …who was with child… ~Lk 2:1, 4, 5

Therefore, it is conceivable that AFTER their return to Nazareth, following the Presentation, say a year to maybe a year and a half, the Angel Gabriel visits again to warn Joeph in another dream:

Rise and take the Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy Him. ~Mt 2:13b

"When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled... Mt 2:3a

“When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled… Mt 2:3a

For we are further told in Matthew’s Gospel that it was two years later that Herod realized those kings weren’t returning:

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked…was in a furious rage…and killed all the male children in Bethlehem AND in all that region who were TWO YEARS old and under, according to the time which he had ascertained fom the wise men. ~Mt 2: 16 (emphasis added)

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So, it is more than likely – supported both in the Law and in accounts within Sacred Scripture – that Jesus, born on Dec 25th (see previous post), was visited that same day shortly after His birth by the Magi, who possibly stayed for His circumcision, then returned by another route to their homeland following a warning in a dream the night before (Mt 2:12).

And when the time came for their purification accoring to the Law of Moses...

And when the time came for their purification accoring to the Law of Moses…

Their departure allowed the rest of the required 32 days to transpire before Jesus is presented in the Temple and the Holy Family returns to Nazareth where they live for the next 1 to 1 1/2 years; only to be alerted by the same Angel (Gabriel), who again comes to Joseph in a dream warning (cf Mt 2:13) of Herod’s growing impatience and thus flees to Egypt sometime before Jesus’ second year of infancy and remains until the death of King Herod in 2AD (cf Mt 2:19-23); at which point Matthew’s account catches up to Luke’s in the extent of final residence without fear of persecution of the Holy Family in Nazareth in the district of Galilee.

That what was spoken by the prophet might be fulfilled, “He shall be called a Nazarene” ~Mt 2:23b

Which is why our Faith should never be either/or – Scritpure OR Tradition – but instead IS BOTH/AND = GOOD THEOLOGY:

More Sacred Tradition:

Epiphany – the Adoration of the Magi
* Part I
* Part II

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