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"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
An Empire Ready for a Savior?
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Now, this was the time when the Messiah was to be born according to Daniel’s prophecy (Daniel 2:44): In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people.
Second, He was born when Judea had become a province of the empire. When all the Roman empire was taxed, the Jews were taxed among the rest. Jerusalem was taken by Pompey the Roman general, about sixty years before this, who granted the government of the church to Hyrcanus, but not the government of the state. By degrees, it was more and more reduced until Judea was ruled by Cyrenius (Sulpitius Quirinus) the Roman governor of Syria (v. 2). This was the exact time the Messiah was to be born, as given in dying Jacob’s prophecy, that Shiloh should come when the scepter was departed from Judah and the lawgiver from between his feet (
There is another circumstance implied in this general enrollment of all the subjects of the empire, which is, that there was now universal peace in the empire. The temple of Janus was now shut, which signaled that there were no wars raging - and now it was fit for the Prince of peace to be born.
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