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The Three Wise Men

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The Three Wise Men

Matthew 2:1-11


Matthew's is the gospel of the King. He traces the Lord's ancestry to David in order to establish the throne rights of Jesus. In keeping with his goal of facing his Jewish readers with the Messiahship of Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew records the visit of these Gentile magi and draws attention to their great question--a question that should have aroused all Jerusalem--"Where is he that is born King of the Jews?"

1.  WHAT THEY SOUGHT (Matthew 2:2)

a.  Their question: They were looking for--

(1)  A Man ("where is he")

(2)  A Monarch ("born King")

(3)  A Messiah ("of the Jews")

b.  Their quest

(1)  Revelation ("we have seen")

(2)  Adoration ("we are come to worship")

2.  WHAT THEY THOUGHT (Matthew 2:1-11)

a.  They substituted reason for revelation (Matthew 2:1-2)

(which took them to Jerusalem and Herod)

b.  They substituted revelation for reason (Matthew 2:10-11)

(which took them to Bethlehem and Christ)

3.  WHAT THEY BROUGHT (Matthew 2:11)

a.  Gold: a gift for a mighty King

b.  Frankincense: a gift for a ministering Priest

c.  Myrrh: a gift for a martyred Prophet

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