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« on: November 24, 2009, 12:15:27 PM »
And while, they were there, the time came for her(Mary) delivery. And she gave birth to her son(Jesus), her firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn(hotel) - Luke 2:6-7(AMP)

Joseph and his pregnant wife, Mary, first went to the inn or hotel, before going to the manger. The manger wasn't their first choice. The family had the resources to pay for better accommodation at the inn or hotel. But the problem was, there was no room available. So, contrary to popular belief, Jesus was not born in a manger, because His family was poor or homeless. In those days, just as today, not everyone could afford to stay at the inn or hotel, but the parents of Jesus could, therefore they couldn't have been destitute.

Is not this (Jesus) the carpenter's son? - Matthew 13:55(AMP) 

Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus was a carpenter by trade. He was gainfully employed and obviously well known in the community, for his work. He wasn't homeless, unemployed and penniless.

So they(the shepherds) went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby(Jesus) lying in the manger - Luke 2:15-16(AMP)

Only the shepherds, visited Jesus as a baby in the manger. The wisemen never ever came to the manger. There is absolutely no record of the wisemen visiting Jesus in the manger. And the shepherds and the wisemen never met. Again there is no record of the wisemen and the shepherds ever meeting. Christmas cards, plays and nativity scenes, depict both the shepherds and the wisemen, visiting baby Jesus in the manger. This is not factual.

And (the wisemen) on going into the house(not manger), they saw the child(not baby) with Mary His mother and they fell down and worshipped Him(Jesus) - Matthew 2:11(AMP)

The wisemen visited Jesus as a child, not a baby and at the house, not the manger. The wisemen and the shepherds, visited Jesus at different stages in His life.  So, Shepherds - manger - baby and wisemen - house - child.
There is no record, of how many wisemen visited Jesus. It has been assumed, there were three, because they brought three kinds of gifts. But any number of wisemen, could have brought three gifts.

Then Herod, sent for the wisemen secretly, and accurately to the last point, ascertained from them, the time of the appearing of the star. He then, sent them to Bethlehem, saying, 'Go and search for the child(not baby), carefully and diligently - Matthew 2:7-8(AMP)

Notice that, Herod called Jesus, a child and not a baby. When Jesus was born, a distinct star appeared. This star signalled to the wisemen in the east, that Jesus was born. There was no fast means of transport in those days. The wisemen travelled, for many months, before finally reaching Bethlehem. And by the time, the wisemen arrived in Bethlehem, Jesus was no longer in the manger and He was also no longer a baby.

Then Herod, when he realized, that he had been misled by the wisemen, he was furiously enraged, and he sent and put to death, all male children(not babies) in Bethlehem and in all that territory, who were two years old and under, reckoning according to date, which he had investigated diligently and had learned exactly, from the wisemen - Matthew 2:16(AMP)

By accurately establishing, when the unique star appeared, from the wisemen, Herod was able to calculate, how long it took the wisemen to travel from the east to Bethlehem, after seeing the star. so, based on the time it took the wisemen to make the journey, Herod figured, that Jesus, who had been a baby, when the star appeared, was now at the most a two year old child. That is why, in his attempt to eliminate Jesus, he ordered the killing of all male children, two years and under.

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