Read Matthew 1 - 3
In Today's Reading:
Ancestry of Jesus; His birth; wise men; flight into Egypt; ministry of John; baptism of Jesus; first apostles called
The birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit
The amazing wise men from the east, perhaps from Babylon, were led by a star to Jerusalem, where they inquired: Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him (2:1-2). It is probable that these men had studied the prophecies of Daniel who, during the captivity, gave a detailed explanation of the number of years before the Messiah would be born (Daniel 9:25-26).
It must have taken the wise men some length of time after the birth of Christ to arrive in Bethlehem, since we read: When they were come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshiped Him (Matthew 2:11). Finding the prophesied King in the house as a young Child rather than a babe in the manger indicates several months or more had passed since the birth of Jesus.
The wise men
had come to worship Him
(2:2). Their worship included three gifts (2:11). First, they offered gold, the most fitting gift for the King of kings, and the Lord of lords
(I Timothy 6:15). Then, they offered frankincense
, a sweet perfume used on the Altar of Incense in the Temple, symbolic of prayer
ascending to God. It was a fitting gift for a priest, for this King would be our High Priest
(Hebrews 4:14), who also makes intercession for us
(Romans 8:34) before God. They also offered myrrh
, which signified that He was destined to die; myrrh was often used as a burial spice (John 19:39).
In the providence of God, their gifts also provided adequate resources for Joseph and Mary's journey and stay in Egypt, where they remained until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called My Son (Matthew 2:15; Hosea 11:1). Then they dwelled in . . . Nazareth (where Jesus lived until He was about 30 years old) (Matthew 2:23).
1:18 espoused = betrothed or engaged; before they came together = she was a virgin; 2:16 mocked of = deceived, tricked; coasts = surrounding regions; 3:8 fruits meet for repentance = a life that proves your change of heart; 3:15 suffer it to be = allow it to be; it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness = it is necessary for us to do all that God requires.
For Matthew 1:23: See Isa. 7:14. Matt. 2:6: See Mic. 5:2. Matt. 2:15: See Hos. 11:1. Matt. 2:18: See Jer. 31:15. Matt. 3:3: See Isa. 40:3.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 15:1