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Matthew 2:1-12

Intro: "Wise men" "Bearing gifts"…they each had a gift and tonight we’ll look at what each one means.

I. Presented with Gold
Anchor verse: Matthew 2:11

The gold represents His royalty.

Gold was very valuable and was used because of its rarity, beauty, and workability. It can be melted without harm and is extremely manageable. Thus it can be used for cast objects, inlays, or overlays. A number of Israel’s worship objects were solid gold or gilded (Ex. 37). Gold occurs in the Bible more frequently than any other metal, being used for jewelry (Ex. 12:35; 1 Tim. 2:9), idols, scepters, worship utensils, and money (Matt. 10:9; Acts 3:6). The New Jerusalem is described as made of gold (Rev. 21:18, 21).

  1. We Are Royal Ambassadors for Christ - According to 2 Cor. 5:50
  2. Our sins are covered by royal blood
  3. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 2 Peter 2:9

II. Presented with FRANKINCENSE
Anchor verse: Matthew 2:11

FRANKINCENSE An ingredient used in making the perfume for the most holy place in the tabernacle (Ex. 30:34). It is a resin produced by certain trees that grow in dry country in southern Arabia and northern Africa.

Frankincense was used in the preparation of the sacred oil for anointing of kings and priests and for the sacrifices in the Temple.

Frankincense is a white or colorless resin yielded by several species of Boswellia, which is a shrub or small tree growing on both sides of the Red Sea. The resin is obtained by cutting the branches and collecting and extruding the sap (tear) which are burnt as incense in religious rites or as a personal fumigant. In the Bible, frankincense was prescribed for holy incense mixture (Ex. 30:31, 34; Luke 1:9). It was also brought by the wise men to the infant Jesus, together with gold and myrrh (Matt. 2:11).

The frankincense represents His divinity and relationship to the priesthood.

  1. Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
  2. Every knee will bow one day. We should start practicing now!
  3. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:3,4

III. Presented with Myrrh
Anchor verse: Matthew 2:11

Myrrh was a perfume used in embalming. It represented his coming death for the world.

John 19:39,40 " And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury."

Myrrh is a reddish-colored resin obtained from a spiny shrub, in a similar manner to frankincense. This resin was not usually burnt but dissolved in oil and either eaten or used as a medicine and cosmetically (Ps. 45:8; Matt. 2:11).

MYRRH An aromatic resin having many uses in the Ancient Near East.

  1. It was traded along with spices (Gen. 37:25),
  2. used as an ingredient in anointing oil (Ex. 30:23),
  3. applied as perfume (Esth. 2:12),
  4. placed in clothes to deodorize them (Ps. 45:8),
  5. given as a gift (Matt. 2:11), and
  6. used to embalm bodies (John 19:39).




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