This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered Matthew 2:9. Here was the conclusion:
The star/angel led the Magi to Nazareth where they found Jesus.
"10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."
(The Magi rejoiced!)
"11 And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh."
(Some people see the words "house" and "young child" in this verse and state these events occurred two years after Jesus' birth. The thought being that Mary and Joseph were back in Nazareth at their house. The points that would appear to support this were that:
1) Mary and Joseph were only in Bethlehem for the census
2) Herod eventually had all the children two years and under killed.)
(The points that would appear to support JESUS still being a baby were that:
1) that the angel could have kept Mary and Joseph there until the Magi showed up
2) Herod wouldn't have waited two years to kill the children
3) that the shepherds wouldn't have kept quiet about these events for two years.)
(There was a third option: The Magi found Jesus after Mary and Joseph fulfilled The Law concerning a first born son.)
(Isaiah 60:6 stated: "6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praises of Jehovah." Matthew 2:11 can be seen as the fulfillment of prophecy from Isaiah 60:6...which spoke of a triumphant Christ. However, myrrh was also brought to Jesus which spoke of a crucified Christ because of its use during burial...hence the omission from Isaiah 60:6.)
"12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way."
(The Magi were warned of God in a dream...just like Joseph. This showed that the Magi were believers in God. Again, it would be difficult to believe that Herod would have waited two years from the time of his meeting the Magi before taking any action.)
The Wise Men rejoiced when they found Jesus. They brought him gifts and were warned by God in a dream to not return to Herod.