Pastor Ron Roddey
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
Sunday Morning, April 15, 2018
Matthew Chapter 2 & Luke Chapter 2
2:1 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,
2:2 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.
2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all
Jerusalem with him.
2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the
people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is
written by the prophet,
2:6 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.
2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of
them diligently what time the star appeared.
2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently
for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again,
that I may come and worship him also.
2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star,
which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood
over where the young child was.
2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child
with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they
had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and
frankincense and myrrh.
2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to
Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
2:13 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.
2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and
departed into Egypt:
2:15 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.
2:16 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.
2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet,
2:18 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.
2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in
a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
2:20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into
the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's
2:21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came
into the land of Israel.
2:22 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:
2:23 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
2:1 And it came to pass in
those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the
world should be taxed.
2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into
Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was
of the house and lineage of David:)
2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.
2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling
clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the
2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord
shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is
Christ the Lord.
2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying,
2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into
heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto
Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath
made known unto us.
2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe
lying in a manger.
2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was
told them concerning this child.
2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told
them by the shepherds.
2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the
things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the
child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he
was conceived in the womb.
2:22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses
were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the
2:23 (As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the
womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
2:24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of
the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and
the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and
the Holy Ghost was upon him.
2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see
death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought
in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
2:28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
2:29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy
2:30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
2:31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
2:33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken
2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this
child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign
which shall be spoken against;
2:35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the
thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
2:36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the
tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven
years from her virginity;
2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed
not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
2:38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and
spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
2:39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the
Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and
the grace of God was upon him.
2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the
2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the
custom of the feast.
2:43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus
tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
2:44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's
journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
2:45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem,
2:46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the
temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking
2:47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and
2:48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him,
Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought
2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I
must be about my Father's business?
2:50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto
them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and