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Matthew 2:9-12

Come to Worship

9 Then they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.


Several years ago, a column by Rob Hewell on the home page of InHymn was entitled "The Reality of Worship." Mr. Hewell made the observation that worship is eternal and universal. He says that all of creation worships God all the time, and we are not alone in our worship.

Likewise we read in Psalm 19, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard." God's creation shouts to us about His glory. "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" (Romans 1:20) We need only to look up or to look around. The beauty of the heavens above or of the flowers in your backyard are a praise to His glory and power.

These wise men did look up. They were probably astrologers, using the heavens to predict the future. How appropriate it was for God to use a star to get their attention and to lead them to the child who called himself "the bright and morning star"! (Rev22:16) They followed the signs of the heavens whose voice was heard in all languages. Led by the worshiping star under power of the Holy Spirit, they came with "exceeding great joy" to worship.

It is "how" they worshipped that should catch our attention. These were great men in their culture. They were wealthy, considered to be very wise and powerful, and were probably kings of their respective cities. When they entered that house and saw the child, however, they were humbled and fell before Him. We can only try to imagine what it must have been like to see them on their faces worshipping a child. All of their wisdom, all of their power, and all of their wealth were nothing before the Son of God.

An offering was made of gold and frankincense and myrrh. (In verse 11, the Greek word for "presented" is used seven times in the NT and always in relation to a religious offering.) These wise men came to worship. They did not come out of curiosity, nor to socialize with Herod, nor because it was the accepted thing to do. They came to worship and, when they found Jesus, they put everything they had into it.

When they had finished, the Holy Spirit did not leave them, but instructed them concerning the route by which they should return home.

Why do you come to the house of the Lord? Do you come intending to worship? Do you come ready to humble yourself before God like the magi did? Worship should not be about you, not about the kind of music you like, not about the comforts of the room, not about the video sequences, and not about the way the pastor dresses, but only about bowing humbly before the Christ.

Before The Throne:

Pray that your love for God would increase dramatically. Pray that you will find ways that are pleasing to Him to express your love and adoration. Ask the Lord to use you in ways that will inspire others to worship Him. Confess the times that you made worship into something that it should not be and beg Him to help you repent.

For Further Study:

(v.9) ** the star. Matt 2:2; Ps 25:12; Prov 2:1-6; Prov 8:17; 2Pet 1:19;

(v.10) ** they rejoiced. Deut 32:13; Ps 67:4; Ps 105:3; Luke 2:10, 20; Acts 13:46-48; Rom 15:9-13;

(v.11)
* they saw. Luke 2:16, 26-32, 38; ** worshipped. Matt 2:2; Matt 4:9-10; Matt 14:33; Ps 2:12; Ps 95:6; John 5:22-23; Acts 10:25-26; Rev 19:10; Re 22:8-10; ** presented. or, offered. Gen 43:11; 1Sam 10:27; 1Kgs 10:2, 10; Ps 72:10, 15; Isa 60:6; ** frankincense. Exod 30:23, 34; Lev 2:1-2; Lev 6:15; Num 7:14, 86; Ps 45:8; Mal 1:11; Rev 5:8;

(v.12)
** warned. Matt 2:22; Matt 1:20; Matt 27:19; Gen 20:6-7; Gen 31:24; Job 33:15-17; Dan 2:19; ** they departed. Exod 1:17; Acts 4:19; Acts 5:29; 1Cor 3:19;

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