We all have this picture in our minds about the wise men with their small boxes of Gifts. Many of these images we get because of Nativity play or Christmas cards. I listened to a message recently and discover that there is more to the story.
The Story of the Wisemen only appears in the Book of Matthew
Firstly the Wise men are also known as Magi usually traveled in twelve. Some bible commentaries said that there might have been one hundred of them to visit Jesus. They also traveled with an army to protect them and their treasure
Who was the Wisemen?
The Magi is originally from Persia and comes from the Of king Darius, the King who put Daniel in Lion’s den. And it is probably from Daniel that they heard a King and a Saviour, will be born and have been on the lookout for centuries
How old was Jesus when they visited him?
The Magi visited Jesus when he was a toddler, King Herod directed the Magi to Bethlehem, but the star reappeared and took them to the home of Joseph and Mary. Not in the manger.
How much was the worth the gifts that they gave?
Some Historians say the minimum in Gold that a low-level King received from the Magi is about $6 000 000 worth. That excludes the Frankincense and Myrrh. Myrrh worth more in weight then Gold at that time. Jesus was considered a King of Kings. So he could have received a huge amount.
Gold helped for provision for Jesus and His family. And probably helped Maria after the death of Joseph. And could have helped financed Jesus’ ministry.
What was the spiritual meaning of these Gifts?
The Frankincense was used in Royal Courts and the Myrrh was used as an embalming ointment when someone dies. The frankincense was a sign or a prophecy that Jesus will die and the Myrrh was a sign that Jesus will die for us on the criss
What other observation is there?
It is interesting to note that when Moses who God used to save Israel babies was killed.
When Jesus was born Babies was killed.
They are killing babies through abortions and late-term abortion, it can be a sign that Jesus is returning soon!
Merry Christmas from all of us at Expand Ministries