Kings are wrong
Those in power work hard to maintain their right to rule and they create complex propaganda mechanisms to sustain the myths they build. The Roman empire and its puppet rulers like Herod were no different.
The myths sell a view of the world which benefits the most powerful people in any particular society. They justify the rulers' control of a large portion of the nation's resources and their wielding of the levers of power and influence. The myths also promote a view of the ruled. Those at the top, the wealthy and powerful, are in their rightfully deserved places. Those at the bottom, the poor and powerless, are in such a position because they likewise deserve it.
To begin his Gospel - his Good News - about Jesus Matthew starts by attacking the myths about power.
The dynastic claims leading back to David and Solomon are exposed as false by Matthew. The real Messiah is proclaimed. The battle begins.
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