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The Magi Found the Child in the HOUSE!

11 Dec

This is what the text says. The Magi rejoiced at the sight of the “star” in the heavens which was positioned over the House in their line of sight. This is where the child, Jesus, happened to be. This House is none other than the Temple of God at Jerusalem. The Magi viewed the “star” in the morning sky from Herod’s palace in western Jerusalem. Looking east, they saw the star positioned over the Temple in the eastern sky. It was then that they began to rejoice, understanding for the first time that they were in error to come looking for the Messiah in Herod’s palace. They should have understood they would find him in his Father’s House!

Mary and Joseph were in the Temple in obedience to the Law of Moses (Luke 2:22). Mary would have been undergoing the purification ceremony 40 days after the birth of her son (Leviticus 12:2, 4), and Jesus had to be presented or dedicated before the Lord. It was on this day that the Magi found Jesus, as the Holy Spirit led them via the heavenly “star” – Jupiter.

Scholars find it odd that the birth accounts of Matthew and Luke do not agree, but is it true that they don’t agree at all? Matthew writes about the Magi in Jerusalem, but Luke writes about Simeon in Jerusalem. Who is Simeon? The text does not say, but it is possible that he was one of the Magi, perhaps their leader? Notice the similarity of language used by Luke and Matthew. Luke says one Simon was in Jerusalem, and he looked for the coming of the Messiah (Luke 2:25), while Matthew says that the Magi were in Jerusalem looking for the one born King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1-2).

Simeon was led to the Temple by the Spirit and found the child (Luke 2:27-28), while the Magi were led to the child by the position of the “star” over where the child was, so they went into “the House” (Matthew 2:9-11). Luke continues to say that Simeon rejoiced when he saw the child (Luke 2:28-31), while the Magi rejoiced at the position of the star over where the child was (Matthew 2:9-10).

The Magi fell down and worshipped the child and presented gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11), while Simeon took the child in his arms and blessed God (Luke 2:28), and his parents (Luke 2:34). The Magi were prophets who knew the Messiah was already born (Matthew 2:2), and Simeon knew he would not die until he beheld the Messiah and prophesied, warning Mary of trouble ahead for her and the child (Luke 2:34-35).

The Magi came from the land of the Gentiles in the east to pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1-2), while Simeon praised the Child as the Glory of Israel and a Light to lighten the Gentiles (Luke 2:32). The Magi rejoiced at seeing the ‘light’ in the sky (Matthew 2:10), while Simeon rejoiced at holding the ‘Light’ in his arms (Luke 2:28, 32).

If one looks below the surface and is willing to let the Scriptures speak to him or her, there is much similarity here.

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