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We Have Come to Worship Him

We Have Come to Worship Him

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BY REV. THOMAS RENNELL, B.D.



MATTHEW ii. 2.

Where is he that is born King of the Jews ? for we have
seen his star in the East, and are come to worship him.
BY REV. THOMAS RENNELL, B.D.



MATTHEW ii. 2.

Where is he that is born King of the Jews ? for we have
seen his star in the East, and are come to worship him.

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WE HAVE COME TO WORSHIP HIMBY REV. THOMAS REELL, B.D.MATTHEW ii. 2.Where is he that is born King of the Jews ? for we haveseen his star in the East, and are come to worship him.THE peculiar wisdom of the sacred historians,does not any where appear in a stronger pointof view, than in their relation of the events attendant on the incarnation and childhood of ourblessed Lord.Volumes, indeed, they might have written regarding this period of his life on which the piousChristian would have dwelt with admiration andwith love; but their providential and intimateacquaintance with the perversions of the humanmind, taught them to withhold the narration of those circumstances, which might minister aloneto the gratification of unmeaning curiosity, or tothe encouragement of vulgar superstition. Theevents which they related were few, but thosefew were of the deepest importance. Every incident is pregnant with evidence, and collectively170 SERMO VI.they conspire to frame the strongest body of testimony in favour of that incarnation, on whichthe whole fabric of Christianity is founded. Amore powerful instance cannot occur, than in the
 
fact recorded in the chapter from which my textis taken ; a fact, which has called forth in thesupport of Christianity, the most remarkable examples of collateral evidence, and has furnishedin itself the most decided vindication of the universality of that all-powerful, and all-extensivesystem of redemption, which was displayed evenin the cradle of its divine Author.Thus, then, is our attention directed to twopoints ; first, to the circumstances actually attending the event in question ; and secondly, tothe important consequences resulting from thisearly manifestation to the Gentile world of theirSaviour and their God.It will be our first point to consider from whomthe question came, " Where is he who is bornking of the Jews ? for we have seen his star inthe east, and are come to worship him." It camefrom those, who were wholly unconnected withthe Jewish nation, manners, and customs; itcame from those, who lived at far too great adistance, to have the slightest acquaintance withthe transactions of so remote a country. Thewise men from the east could be but little knownto the inhabitants of Judea, and were they knownSERMO VI. 71at all, they would be known only as the objectsof detestation and hatred, from the sad remembrance of the long captivity once endured by thetribes of Israel in eastern lands. From Judea,therefore, immediately, could no expectation of a future monarch be derived. Yet that such anexpectation must have existed among the wisemen, the fact itself supposes. That it did exist,
 
is confirmed in the most remarkable manner bytwo Roman historians, one of whom (Tacitus Imean) actually states, that an expectation of anancient date was constantly maintained throughout the whole of the east, that some one potentate should arise out of Judea, who would possess the dominion of the universe. From whencedid this expectation spring? Doubtless fromthose many prophecies, which during the longcaptivity of the Jews at Babylon were promulgated, and whichamong the surrounding nations,ever fond of diving into the regions of futurity,met with a ready reception and a faithful preservation. From these sources we doubt not butthat the many remarkable predictions in theSibylline verses were ultimately derived; andthat those predictions which had caused so strongan impression on the eastern nations, had fromthem been transmitted to the archives of theRoman superstition. Were the magi then inpossession of these prophetical writings ? The72 SERMO VI.fact is immaterial. From detached portions of them, the expectation might have originallysprung ; and a prediction so remarkable, couldfind no surer home, than in the breasts of thosewho were so deeply imbued with the love of dark and legendary strains. The prophecy mightstill survive, by faithful transmission from generation to generation, long after the memory, thename, or even the nation of the prophet, wasburied in the dust.Our next consideration is called to the miraculous appearance of that star, which directedthe magi first to the country, then to the place,

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