by Adrian Rogers

The Gifts of the Wise Men and Our Gifts to Jesus
Adrian Rogers
Matthew 2:1-12

Take God's word and turn with me, if you would please to Matthew Chapter 2. There we have the story of the visit of the wise men and gifts that they brought to the Lord Jesus. Do you have difficulty finding just the right gift for just the right person? Have you ever thought about the gift that you may give to the Lord Jesus this Christmas season? I think we can take a lesson from the wise men. And today we're thinking of this subject, ''The Gifts of the Wise Men and Our Gifts to Jesus.'' [read Matthew 2:1-12]

Now we all know the story of the wise men, but there is much about these wise men that we do not know. For example, we're not certain that there were three wise men; there may have been more. There may have been three. We sing the song, ''We Three Kings of Orient Are,'' but there may be have been more. We know that there were three categories of gifts that are listed; there may have been more gifts. We don't know, really, what country these wise men came from. They came from the east. I think, most likely, they came from Babylon, and I'll tell you why I believe that they came from Babylon. In Babylon there was a great prophet, a man of God whose name was Daniel. And Babylon, of course, is to the east; it's our modern Iraq. It was there that young Daniel was taken captive, and it was there that Daniel taught, and in Babylon, there were wise men, Magi. As a matter of fact, the book of Daniel tells about them and these Magi had their lives saved by Daniel. And obviously they would have listened to the teaching and the preaching of Daniel and it was Daniel who prophesied a coming Messiah.

There's a lot that we do not know. We don't know, for example, what the star was that led them. The Bible says that there was a star, but the word star isn't used in a literal sense; it's used in a symbolic sense. And it has the idea of something bright and shining, not necessarily used i ...

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