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Daily Reading: 18th May 2016

Matthew 2.11

11 And coming to the house they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling down they worshipped Him; and they opened their treasures and offered Him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Entering into the presence of Jesus should induce us into worshiping Him. Wherever the wise men had come from and whatever their background, once in the presence of Jesus they fall down and worship Him.

Unfortunately in our western culture we seem to have neglected the humble act of worship by prostrating ourselves before Him in worship. Occasionally we may get on our knees or raise our hands, but rarely humbly fall on the ground face down before Him in adoration. However, this is very much a spiritual act of worship.

It is an act of humility; it is an action of acknowledging that Jesus and the Father are Almighty, over and above the whole of creation.

It would be good to allow the Holy Spirit to direct us to willingly prostrate ourselves before Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

They bring their treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, which has echoes of Leviticus 2.1:

 “When you bring a grain offering to the LORD, the offering must consist of choice flour. You are to pour olive oil on it and sprinkle it with incense. [2] Bring this offering to one of Aaron’s sons (the priests’) – (NLT).

Bringing frankincense was in itself an act of worship accompanying the offering of themselves. Frankincense brings a sweet smelling odour to the offering.

Paul says that:

Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those being saved and by those perishing – 2 Corinthians 2.15 (NLT).

They also brought myrrh, which was one of the principle ingredients of the holy anointing oil described in Exodus 30.23. Myrrh was also given to those who were being crucified to help drug them and ease the pain – Jesus refused this.

Myrrh was also used for embalming.

In the act of presenting myrrh to Jesus there is the recognition of Jesus being anointed as God’s Holy One and also the foreshadowing of His death on the cross.

The carol: ‘We three kings of orient are’ captures these thoughts.

 

 

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