Outline to Matthew 2:1-12 (Christmas Service)


Matthew 1:1-12


What is the text saying?

The Magicians (v.1)
The Constellations (v.2)

How did they know to look for a star?
Numbers 24:16-17: the oracle of him who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down with his eyes uncovered: I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth.

The Opposition (v.3-5)

A world leader intimidated by Jesus
Religious leaders indifferent to Jesus
Chief Priests: representing Jewish Worship.
Scribes: representing Jewish Law.

The Quotation (v.6)
The Deception (v.7-9)
The Introduction (v.10-12)

Exceeding gladness
Extravagant gifts

Gold, emphasizing Jesus’ royalty
Frankincense, emphasizing Jesus’ deity
Myrrh, emphasizing Jesus’ humanity

What is the Text Teaching Us?

Like the magi, we ought to respond to Jesus with extravagant praise, for all nations will come to this King.

Who are we in this passage?

The priests and scribes:
The Jews:
The Magi:

What Changes Monday?


  1. How does accurate knowledge of the details of the nativity scene help you to worship?
  2. What is the difference between magi and modern day magicians?
  3. How should our response to Jesus look like the magi’s response?
  4. What was the significance of the scepter (Num 24:17) and the light (Isa 60:1-3) in the prophecies about the Messiah?
  5. Describe the reaction of the religious leaders to Jesus’ birth. ¬†How does this reaction serve as a warning?
  6. Why was Bethlehem a significant location for Jesus’ birth?
  7. Why would Matthew specifically refer to Judah in his quotation of Micah 5:2?
  8. How does Matthew point to Jesus’ kingship in this passage?
  9. How is it clear that the star was not merely a natural phenomenon?
  10. How does this passage speak to God’s desire to reach the nations with the message of Jesus?