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The Worship of the Wise Men

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In our after advent series called "Grace Giving" we will examine 6 passages from the Scriptures that teach us that believers' giving is worship.


I. Wise Men came seeking Jesus (vs. 1–6)

A. ‘Wise men’ from the east seek Jesus in Jerusalem (v. 1–2)

They came from the east
Possibly from Babylonia as magi were popular in the area
They were sages who at least in part were interested in astrological phenomena.
Matthew does not number them.
Only in later tradition, first by Origen, were their thought to be three
Later in the 6th century AD, names were ascribed to them: Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar.
They were guided to the west by a star!
Numbers 24:17 ESV
17 I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth.

B. Herod hears of their search (v. 3)

Herod, the Great, became king in 40 B.C. by the Roman senate
He was politically gifted, wealthy, very loyal, and excellent administrator and clever
His building projects were magnificent (the temple of 20 B.C.)
He love power, inflicted heavy taxes, was resentful, cruel and jealous.
He killed his wife Mariamne as well as two of his own sons

C. Trouble ensues (v. 3–4)

Herod is troubled
All of Jerusalem is troubled too
Herod questions the chief priests and scribes
The chief priests and scribes answer according to a prophecy of Micah and part of 2 Samuel
Micah 5:2 ESV
2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
2 Samuel 5:2 ESV
2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’ ”

II. Herod secretly calls the wise men. (vs. 7-8)

A. What time the star had appeared?

B. Go search and find Him and bring me word so I can worship him too

III. The wise men are led by a star to Jesus. (vs. 2:9-10)

A. The Star went before the wise men.

B. The star stopped over the place where the child was.

C. They rejoiced when they saw the star.

IV. The wise men’s response when they found Jesus. (v. 11)

A. They fell down and worshipped Him.

B. Then they opened their treasures and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Psalm 72:10–11 ESV
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts! 11 May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
Isaiah 60:6 ESV
6 A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the Lord.

V. The wise men respond to God’s revelation about Herod. (v. 12)

VI. What does this have to do with giving?

A. The wise men’s giving was based on what they understood God to have first given them!

B. Their joy was in the finding of Jesus and not in what they had given.

C. They gave their time, they used their talents, and they gave from their treasures to the Lord!

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