The Bible Says Commentary on the Book of Matthew
Matthew narrates the events surrounding Jesus’s infancy. He tells the stories of the magi from the east who saw a star in the sky signifying the birth of the King of the Jews; Herod’s terror at this news; the holy family’s escape to Egypt; Herod’s slaughter of young males in Bethlehem; and the holy family’s return to Israel as they settle in Nazareth. Throughout the chapter Matthew emphasizes his main themes, namely, that Jesus is both the King of the Jews and the Messiah. Over the course of the chapter’s events, Matthew cites the direct fulfillment of no fewer than four Old Testament prophecies to reiterate these themes.