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Re: The Wise Men
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:13:45 am »
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Matt 2:11c . . and fell down, and worshipped him:

The koiné Greek word for "worship" is proskuneo (pros-koo-neh'-o). It's kind of a funny word because it basically pictures a dog licking its master's hand; i.e. homage, reverence, and/or adoration; viz: definitely subordination.

Now if these guys knew their stuff-- I think we can safely assume so --then they didn't come all the way from the east seeking another run-of-the-mill king of the Davidic dynasty, rather; a very special potentate that would one day rule not just the land of Israel; but the entire planet-- everything and everybody on it.


Dan 7:13-14 . . In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was escorted into His presence.

. . . He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is the one that will never be destroyed.

Well; let the record show that the wise men were the very first to begin fulfilling that prophecy's prediction that "all peoples, nations and men of every language worshipped him"


Matt 2:11-12 . .Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Those were not only appropriate gifts for monarchs of that day, but also valuable commodities that Joseph could put to use in financing his family's pending sojourn in Egypt.

It would've been fun if Matthew had told us the weight of the gold so we could put a dollar figure on it according to today's precious metals.


Matt 2:11-12 . . And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

That was a safety measure to prevent Herod from knowing where to find the lad because rulers in that day were typically Machiavellian-- they didn't just crush potential threats to their power; they utterly annihilated it; and as subsequent events demonstrate, ol' Herod had neither conscience nor concern for child welfare.
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If you please Olde Tymer, I would like to add something to your excellent post.

"Matt 2:11-12 . .Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. "

As throughout the Bible, different objects tells a story and prophesis all by themselves.

The Gifts these Wise men from the east (Balthasar, King of Arabia; Melchior, King of Persia; and Gasper, King of India) gave to our Lord Jesus Christ was:

GOLD: A precious metal that spoke of Royalty, Kingship for a King.

Incense: The Prayers of Saints (Rev.4). Incense was also used in the temple.

Myrrh: a product of a plant that was used in embalmment of the dead. 

All of these gifts were allusions to the trials the Baby Jesus would endure in the coming years.

 Prophecies hidden, fulfilled and unfulfilled.

Thank you Olde Tymer for an excellent post.

Blade


1 Cor 15:3-4.."For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Acts 17:11.."These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

 

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