Matthew 2:1-6 NIVUK
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Having shown he is God’s new born leader of the world, not just the Jews, Matthew shows that he meets opposition even from birth. As the new born King, it is only fitting that it should be a king that stands against him, but his heavenly Father fends this off using stars and dreams, revealing yet again his prestige.
Gold, frankincense and myrrh, pricey gifts for a priceless king.
Father, help me worship with the only gift of any value I have, my life.