When Kingdoms Collide - Pt 2

Date: December 15, 2013

Series: Emmanuel

Message: When Kingdoms Collide - Pt. 2

Matthew 2:1-12


Last week Luke asked the question, who’s your Lord?  This week Matthew asks who’s your king?  King Herod’s life was remarkable.  Some historians believe he may have been the richest person ever to live.  Everything built was amazing, from his cities, to his stadiums, to palaces and even the 2nd Temple.  Everything Herod did was extravagant and he would stop at nothing to get what he wanted.  Herod killed 2 of his sons because he thought they were trying to steal his throne.  He killed one of his wives, a mother in law and several relatives. For those who were a part of Herod’s world, they had wealth and power and security, they had it all.  However, for Jews living in Judea life was not so great.  Many believe that during the 1st century Jews were taxed somewhere between 75% and 90% of their total income.  They paid taxes to support the Roman Empire and to support Herods lavish lifestyle.  There were the haves and the have nots.  And the haves lived in complete indifference to those the Empire squashed.  So it is no wonder when Magi show up with an announcement there is a new king, that all of Jerusalem was disturbed.  The two kingdoms stood in opposition.