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TBT – His Star – Matthew 2:2

TBT – His Star – Matthew 2:2
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This article was written by Carl Armerding and published in “Interest Magazine”, December 1972. Section titles have been added by the assemblyHUB editors.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, 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? Matthew 2:1-2

Prophecies concerning the Star

It was very appropriate that a star should signal the birth of our Savior. When the Lord “laid the foundations of the earth. . . the morning stars sang  together.”‘ [1] The birth of our Lord was more wonderful than that!

It was in connection with this great event that Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, spoke of “the tender mercy of our God; whereby the Dayspring from on high hath visited us to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” [2] Long before that another prophet had said, “There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel.” [3]

The wise men search for the King

The wise men from the east may have been aware of the prophecy.  Whether they were or not, they came to Jerusalem saying, “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.”

That announcement troubled Herod the king and all Jerusalem with him. Upon hearing it Herod gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together and demanded of them where Christ should be born. [4] The fact that Herod referred to Him as Christ (Messiah) , instead of as the King of the Jews, is interesting. The reply of the chief priests and scribes is equally interesting because in their quotation from the prophecy of Micah the Lord is referred to as “the Governor,” or Leader, who is to rule, or shepherd Israel. [5]

Micah’s prophecy, like Isaiah’s of the Virgin Birth, [6] had been uttered centuries before the Lord was born. And not only that: “the man Gabriel” had informed Daniel concerning the exact time of Messiah’s appearance and crucifixion.? [7] Thus three great prophecies were fulfilled at one time, in one place, by one Person. History knows of only One who fulfilled all of these conditions.

The search continues

Such a combination can never be repeated. With this information from the Word of God, even though it came through unsympathetic channels, the wise men continued their search for Him who was “born King of the Jews.” “And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them till it came and stood over where the Young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” [8]

The quest to worship

But the star—however useful and important—was not their ultimate goal. They had come to worship Him to whom the star pointed. That was their avowed purpose. They “would see Jesus.” [9] Would to God that all of the Lord’s people were as persistent as that! How apt we are to be dazzled by the brilliance of some gift which the Lord has given to His church, and fail to see the Giver of that gift.

The minister of Christ may be, like John the Baptist, “a burning and a shining light”; and we may, for a season rejoice in that light. [10] But we must not stop there. The “star” has not fulfilled its mission until it has led us to the Lord Himself. After that it may well disappear, as seems to have been the case with the star which the Magi saw. It is the sight of the Lord Jesus Himself that not only satisfies, but also moves to worship.

Mission accomplished

When the Magi “were come into the house, they saw the Young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshiped Him.” [11] We are not told that they worshiped her, nor yet that they worshiped them. That Mary had an important place here is not denied, but it was secondary. That is why the Word says repeatedly: “The Young Child and His mother.” [12]

Not once does it say, “the Mother and the Child.” The Magi did not present gifts to the mother, but to the child. “They presented unto Him gifts: gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” [13] He alone is worthy of homage and of praise, and He alone merits all that we are and have. It is the discerning look at Him that moves hearts to worship and to give. God grant that as we contemplate Him afresh at this season of the year we may “gladly render to Him all we are and have.”

References

1 Job 38:4, 7
2 Luke 1:78, 79
3 Numbers 24:17
4 Matthew 2:3-4
5 Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:5-6
6 Isaiah 7:14
7 Daniel 9:21, 25, 26
8 Matthew 2:9.10
9 John 12:21
10 John 5:35
11 Matthew 2:11
12 Matthew 2:13, 14, 20, 21
13 Matthew 2:11

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