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#18 The Gift to the Magi

Unlike the shepherds, the Magi haven’t been prepared for Jesus’ poverty. Arriving in Bethlehem, they again wonder at the absence of any sign of preparation or guard for this baby king.

This is highly irregular for the birth of royalty. A descendent of the great King David–so yes, David’s hometown, but why doesn’t anybody know?

They are open to the Spirit of God and when they see Jesus, their hearts are melted and stirred. They recognize divinity. They worship him and give Him their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Once again God provides. The gifts will finance Joseph and Mary’s trip to Egypt and their stay there. Through a dream, God directs Joseph to go there because Herod will soon try to kill the child.

So the magi are also directed in a dream to not return to Herod, but to go home another way,* giving the baby and his parents time to leave Bethlehem before Herod’s fear and anger destroyed all the toddlers under two there. The “slaughter of the innocents” in Bethlehem was first of Satan’s attempts to take Jesus’ life.

The point is made, that had the people there been looking for their Messiah, God could have protected them from Herod’s wrath ignited by Satan.

Matthew 2:9-18

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