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December 24, 2009 / Nick

Wise Men Worship (Matthew 2:2-12)

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the day of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?  For we have seen his start in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Matt 2:1-2).

Wise men worship God.

How do I know this?  The scripture above is evidence to me, Herod was foolish in that Messiah was born under his nose and he being a ruler did not recognise this.  However, the men from the east, the saw the sign spoken of in Numbers 24:17 by Balaam ‘I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth”.   This was a prophecy given by a gentile man Balaam and fulfiled in Gentile wise men visiting Messiah (Matt 2:1-2). 

The men (the Bible does not say how many wise men, it just says men i.e. more than one) were wise because they did not worship Mary, or Joseph, they worshiped only Messiah, Jesus.  The object lesson being that those who worship saints and other notable biblical charachters are in error.  There is only One who deserves worship, God Himself.  Hence, we know that Jesus is God. “And when they wree come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him” (Matt 2:11).

So, if you worship God you are wise.  If you don’t worship you are, according to the Bible, a fool: “The fool hath said in his heart there is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

The transofrmative effect of worship.

Worship is such a powerful thing that it has the ability to transform a man’s destiny.  The Bible records that after the wise men had worshiped Jesus they went home “another way” (Matt 2:12).  Worship revealed to them that they could not keep company with murderous Herod, when we worship God shows us things.  As the scripture has said: “the secret of the Lord is with them that fear [reverence, worship, respect, honour] him (Psalm 25:14).

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