1. Exposition

What is the significance of the mention of Bethlehem?

Matthew 2:1 (ESV)

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,

By mentioning Bethlehem as the place where Jesus was born, Matthew provides a connection with the prophecies quoted by the chief priests in Matthew 2:6.