The King Worshiped     Matt. 2:1-12 HCSB    Dec. 20, 2015

 

Introduction                     

Wise men from the East came to worship the King claiming to be guided by His star.  How can a star

belong to a baby?  It has to be the child of God.  If they are going to worship Him He must also be the promised Messiah.    When they actually saw the baby they bowed and gave Him expensive gifts and showed us an example of how The King was Worshiped and adored.

 

1.   The King Worshiped by Wise Men by Following His . . Star.   2:1-2             

A.  Wise Men . . Unexpectedly Following the Star.    2:1                        

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived

unexpectedly in Jerusalem,

 

B.  Wise Men . . Unashamedly Following the Star.    2:2

2 saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."

 

Do you think the Wise Men expected people to know why someone like them would come such a distance because they saw a star and this star belonged to the promised child of God?  I do!  These wise men were not ashamed and boldly announced why they were looking.  They were willing to listen to others about the birth of this child.  Today there are some bold people but some are bashful or afraid to witness or share their faith.  All of us need to grow to be more bold and this example of the wise men should challenge us.  Because of their boldness and eagerness they had experiences like no other human beings.

 

2.   The King Worshiped through the Chief Priest Following The . . Scripture.   2:3-6

A.  Chief Priests Directed and . . Shared from the Scriptures.    2:3-4

3 When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would

be born.

 

B.  Chief Priests Directed and . . Stated what the Scriptures Said.    2:5-6

5 "In Bethlehem of Judea," they told him, "because this is what was written by the prophet:

6 And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah: because out

of you will come a leader who will shepherd My people Israel."

 

The King ask the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah would be born.  They told him in Bethlehem and there seemed to be no question about that opinion.  The scriptures were not questioned but simply stated as fact to the king.  The city of Bethlehem does not seem to be questioned as the actual place the Messiah will be born.  They came looking in Jerusalem because they thought the king and chief priests would know.   Why didn’t these chief priests show an interest in finding the baby for themselves it seems strange to me.

 

3.   The King Worshiped by Herod Stating A . . Claim to Worship Him.    2:7-12

A.  The King’s Direction . . Claiming A Desire to also Worship Jesus.   2:7-8

7 Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared.

8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report

back to me so that I too can go and worship Him."

9 After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen in the east! It led

them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was.

 


B.  The King’s Direction . . Contradicted by the Direction of God.   2:10-12

10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure.

11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped

Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another

route.  HCSB

 

The king told the wise men he desired to worship the babe also, but the history of his statement proves he

lied. You remember he killed many little baby boys.  The Spirit of God led the wise men even further after they

saw and worshiped the Messiah.  Do you note they gave gifts of, gold, frankincense, and myrrh?  These are

expensive gifts and represent dedication of the people who were committed to the Lord and serious about their

desire to see and worship the Messiah.  It would be good for us to ask ourselves every Sunday, was The King

Worshiped?   Amen?  Amen!