The Wise Men Did Not Come To Worship Christ in The Manger

One things we must remember when trying to point to scriptures is context. In the scriptures the church today teaches a false truth about the birth of Christ, for the wise men did not come to worship Jesus on his BIRTHDAY, they came later to pay homage to the King, Jesus Christ the Messiah. The wise men did not go to the manger where Christ was born, they went to the house of Mary to worship the King (Jesus); they paid homage to him and gave him gifts, not due to his birth, but due to the fact that he was the king of the Jews. Let us start with verse 1; Matthew 2:1 KJV Now when Jesus was born (γεννηθεντος) in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men (μαγοι) from the east to Jerusalem, The word "was" is important, because it is talking about a past action; for the word γεννηθεντος (gennethetos) is Aorist, passive - past tense action of the virgin birth. It should read "Now Jesus having been born (γεννηθεντος - past tense) in Bethlehem"; he was already born when these three wise men came: Not mere shepherds, but magis (μαγοι). μαγοι - masc. noun. Magi, the name for priests and wise men among the Medes, Persians and Babylonians. Great, powerful men (see also mégas [G3173], great, derived from the same stem). Magi specialized in the study of astrology and enchantment and thus were known as enchanters, magicians (Dan_1:20; Dan_2:2, Dan_2:27; Dan_5:7). In the NT they represent the name of the Magi, wise men from the East, most probably from Persia or Arabia, who came to salute the newborn Messiah. These men did not come to give birthday gifts, they came to pay honor to a king with three very special gifts with important meaning. Now, let us move to verse 11 to see the account of what transpired on the visit of these three wise men. Matthew 2:11 KJV And when they were come into the house (ο α - not a manager), they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. ο α - house - A building, house, dwelling. Oíkos had a broader range than oikía. Oíkos is the whole of person's possessions, his whole estate, whereas oikía is simply his residence and only occasionally includes its contents. There is no position stated, according to the scriptures, that these three wise men saw Jesus when he was born, nor saw him at the manger as taught by the church today, this is a false teaching and sadly confuses many. The word ο is stating that these men went to the place of residence, not a stable at the inn. Next, please look at the phrase "unto him gifts", what does this mean?

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unto him gifts — This expression, used frequently in the Old Testament of the oblations presented to God, is in the New Testament employed seven times, and always in a religious sense of offerings to God. Beyond doubt, therefore, we are to understand the presentation of these gifts by the Magi as a religious offering. This was not birthday gifts as we know it, this was a religious offering to royalty. 1. gold - token of His royalty 2. frankincense - used in sacrificial offerings; in token of His divinity 3. myrrh - perfuming ointments; His sufferings It was not about getting what you want, or a birthday cake; it is about Christs divinity. gold, frankincense, and myrrh — Visits were seldom paid to sovereigns without a present (1Ki_10:2, etc.; compare Psa_72:10, Psa_72:11, Psa_72:15; Isa_60:3, Isa_60:6). “Frankincense” was an aromatic used in sacrificial offerings; “myrrh” was used in perfuming ointments. These, with the “gold” which they presented, seem to show that the offerers were persons in affluent circumstances. That the gold was presented to the infant King in token of His royalty; the frankincense in token of His divinity, and the myrrh, of His sufferings; or that they were designed to express His divine and human natures; or that the prophetical, priestly, and kingly offices of Christ are to be seen in these gifts; or that they were the offerings of three individuals respectively, each of them kings, the very names of whom tradition has handed down - all these are, at the best, precarious suppositions. But that the feelings of these devout givers are to be seen in the richness of their gifts, and that the gold, at least, would be highly serviceable to the parents of the blessed Babe in their unexpected journey to Egypt and stay there - that much at least admits of no dispute. The question then remains, who then came to the manger? It was the shepherds, not the wise men. Luke 2:7 KJV And she (Mary) brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger ( τνη); because there was no room for them in the inn (lodging place). τνη - manger - fem. noun. A manger or crib at which cattle are fed. Luke 2:8 KJV And there were in the same country shepherds ( οιμ ν - not the wise men) abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. οιμ ν - shepherds - Shepherd, one who generally cares for flocks. Luke 2:9 KJV And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them (the shepherds, not the wise men who brought the gifts to the king), and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. Luke 2:10 KJV And the angel said unto them (the shepherds), Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

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Luke 2:11 KJV For unto you (you shepherds, Israel) is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:12 KJV And this (the virgin birth, ref. Isaiah 9:6 , the fulfillment of prophecy) shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:13 KJV And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Luke 2:14 KJV Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:15 KJV And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds (restating who the them are, they are not the wise-men from the east) said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. Luke 2:16 KJV And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. Luke 2:17 KJV And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. Luke 2:18 KJV And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. No gifts brought by the shepherds at the manger. Luke 2:19 KJV But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:20 KJV And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. I hope from this that you will be able to see that birthdays have no place in Christianity as they are not scriptural based. They are traditions of men, and of flesh; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. If we be followers of Christ, then we must die to self and live for Him. Agape all and phileo...

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