11“Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15He who has ears to hear, let him hear! – KJV Matthew 11:11-15
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, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11
(Greek) 3813. Paidíon: a young child, an infant, a little child, little one; properly– a child under training– (“a little child in training”) implies a younger child (perhaps seven years old or younger). Some scholars apply 3816. (país) to a son or daughter up to 20 years old.
Upon the arrival of the Magi, one might ponder the generally accepted age of Jesus: Was Jesus really an infant upon their arrival, or was He possibly much older than our basic assumption? This assumption is largely surmised from Herod’s murderous decree against male children two years and younger. Yet, is it likely that the wise men were intuitively aware of Herod’s deadly intentions? Therefore, it seems only natural that the Magi would have concealed the child’s true age– though tragically, still having to produce an answer to the dark-hearted ruler. Continue reading “The Alexandrian Jew”
27But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. – Luke 6:27-36