Gratitude

The Wise Men

Matthew 2:1-12

Worship Calls for Divine Guidance

The Wise Men’s purpose was to worship Christ (see Matthew 2:2). God led these wise men; they followed the star and were brought into the presence of the Christ and then they presented their gifts. If we are to obey the Father’s wishes (see John 4:23), then we must be led by Him through the infallible guide – the Word – as applied by the Holy Spirit. 

John 16:13 “He will guide you into all truth.”

John 16:14 “He shall glorify Me.”  

Consider Abraham Here:  

First of all, God made known His wishes (see Genesis 22:2). Abraham, at great cost, carried them out. In the final act, he severed all fleshly connections (see Gen. 22:5) and then went on to worship. Notice that Abraham was going to worship – to offer his son as a burnt offering. Then, finally, he offered the ram as a burnt offering. In Leviticus 1, Moses, brings the burnt offering to our attention. This typifies Christ offering Himself without spot to God to do His Father’s will, even unto death. Then, conversely, in the same sacrifice God is well-pleased with His Son.

 

The Wise Men Received Divine Revelation Concerning the Birth of the King 

When the new star appeared they had to make a decision: Will we go and worship Him? Or will we stay? Their subsequent experiences show how worship calls for both concentration and determination of the will. On arriving in Jerusalem, they were treated coldly. “Where is He that is born King of the Jews?” they asked. Many were unaware of His birth, indifferent even, and Herod was opposed.

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