In Today's Scripture
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 espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:18).
The amazing wise men from the east, perhaps from
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 worshipped 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 after 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 Lord of lords (I Timothy 6:15). Then, they offered frankincense, a sweet perfume used on the Altar of Incense in the
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 dwelt in . . .
1:18 espoused =b> engaged; came together =b> had physical relations, she was a virgin; 2:16 mocked of =b> deceived; coasts =b> surrounding regions; 3:8 fruits meet for repentance =b> a life that proves your change of heart; 3:15 Suffer it to be =b> Allow it to be; it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness =b> it is necessary for us to do all that God requires.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 1:23