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Summary: 5 of 5. Magi traveled from the east to pay homage to the newborn King of Israel. The King of Israel is worthy of your careful searching. Those who find the King, perceive His....

FINDING The KING-V...FINDING The KING’s WORTH—Matthew 2:1-12

Mr. 'M’s' cemetery plot in Carrabelle.

There is an archway & small gazebo.

It is always beautifully landscaped with flowering plants.

During Christmas I discovered that the plot is also rigged for lights & has a beautiful but simple little manger scene.

People drive thru the cemetery just to see the care given to the family plot.

When you observe the plot you do not see death but life!

Thru Mr. M’s attention to detail, in his care & concern for the plot, he demonstrates his love for his now deceased wife of many years. He obviously loved her deeply. He demonstrates her worth to him personally.

God doesn’t want you to miss the King’s WORTH.

Magi traveled from the east to pay homage to the newborn King of Israel.

Jesus is worthy of discovery.

The King of Israel is worthy of one's careful searching.

Who are those who discover Jesus?

8 characteristics of people who find Jesus.

Last week we found that Those who find the King, perceive His....

1. SIGNS(:1-2)

2. OBJECTIVE/Direction(:3-6)

3. CIRCUMVENTION(:7-8, 12)

4. EQUIPPING(:9-10)

5— Those who find the King’s WORTH are drawn to....

WORSHIP(:11a-b)

Explanation:(:11a-b)

:11—“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, & fell down & worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, & myrrh.”

“...into the house...”

“House”—oikia—A house, the dwelling itself.

!No manger here...No stable! Time has passed since the mention of Jesus’ birth in 1:25(but we don’t know how much time...~6 mths. but no more than 2 years(:16))

“... & fell down & worshiped Him;...”

“Worshiped”(see :2, 8)—proskunew—1) To kiss the hand to(towards) one, in token of reverence; 2) among the Orientals, esp. the Persians--To fall upon the knees & touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence; 3) in the NT by kneeling or prostration--To do homage(to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication—3a) Used of homage shown to men & beings of superior rank. Strong—To fawn or crouch to, i.e. literally or figuratively--Prostrate oneself in homage(do reverence to, adore).

From—prov—1)To the advantage of; 2)At, near, to, towards.— & a probable derivative of—kuwn—A dog. =Meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand.

Argumentation:

Rev. 5:11-12— “And I looked, & I heard the voice of many angels around the throne & the living creatures & the elders; & the number of them was myriads of myriads, & thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power & riches & wisdom & might & honor & glory & blessing."”

Rev. 19:10; Rev. 22:9—John is tempted to worship the angel but is told to “...Worship God...”

1Chron. 16:26-29(Repeated in Ps. 96:9)—“For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens. Honor & majesty are before Him; Strength & gladness are in His place. Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Give to the LORD glory & strength. Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, & come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!”

Mt 22:36-37—““Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, & with all your mind.’”

Ps. 95:6-7—“Oh come, let us worship & bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand....”

6—Those who find the King’s WORTH are drawn to....

HONOR(:11c)

Explanation:(:11c)

:11—“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, & fell down & worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, & myrrh.”

“Gold”—crusov—Precious things made of gold, golden ornaments. Will not tarnish/rust/corrode.

* “Gold” is the treasure of kings!

“Frankincense”—libanov—Hebrew—hnwbl leb-o-naw'—meaning ‘whiteness”(milky white juice). Grows in southern Arabia, India, & elsewhere. Frankincense(French meaning ‘pure incense’). A sweet smelling perfume valued by Egyptians for fumigation & embalming. A costly, beautiful smelling incense used for the most special occasions—royal processions & weddings(if affordable).

a) Most often associated with ceremonial grain/cereal offerings of the Jews(Lev. 2:1-3).

b)Used on the show-bread in the Holy Place(representative of 12 tribes—Lev.24:5-9).

c) An ingredient of a most “holy” “incense” used before the Testimony, where God would meet with the high priest only. Anyone making it for personal use was cut off from Israel(Ex. 30:34-38).

d)Not used with sin offerings(Lev. 5:11).

e)One of the commodities traded by the merchants mourning the demise of Babylon the Great(Rev. 18:11-19)

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