|Posted on December 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM|
When we look at Matthew, Chapter 2, (verse 1) we are told that the king at that time in Bethlehem, was Herod. And it continues that,
“in that day, there came wise men from the East….”
Who were traveling, following a star.
And they knew what (who) they were searching for because verse 2 tells us they asked,
“where is He that is born the King of the Jews.”
And verse 8 tells us that King Herod inquired of the wise men of this “king” of what time the star appeared.
You see he was questioning them for information; for he feared that this “King” was certain to replace his reign as king. So he was threatened by the prophecy of the birth fulfilled.
And I am sure he went to his astrologers, soothsayers and witches and charmers to divulge the time that this child was possibly born.
The word of God continues and tells us that the wise men arrived “to the house”, “where the young child lay”, (verse 9).
This confirms that the wise men were not in the Manger Setting with the shepherds in that 7-day timeframe immediately after the birth of Christ.
Now when they appeared to the Christ child, the scholars have determined from one of many references in the Book of Matthew further down in verse 16 of Chapter 2, by the kings orders to slay all the children under the age of 2 years old. So I am free to conclude that they were looking for a child; not a baby.
So the Wise Men, the word of God tells us, came prepared, with gifts for a King.
The word of God tells us that the Wise Men thought to bring to this new born King, not a teddy bear, not toys, not a candy cane, not a bicycle; but, “gold, and frankincense, and myrrh”.
Treasures befitting a “King”.
Yet, the Wise Men, the word of God tells us, brought to the Christ Child, “gold, and frankincense, and myrrh”.
It says, when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Treasures, different, more significant than just a gift. For we give gifts at Christmas, but the true Son of God, the “King of the Jews”, received treasures of “gold, and frankincense, and myrrh”.
Because, they were not giving their gifts to a child.
They were presenting their offerings to a King, Priest & Savior.
“Jesus, is the Reason for this Season”.
Devotionals: Matthew 2:1-16
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