2.4.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 9. Joy.

Imagine traveling, following a star to a rumor of a child who would be King and Savior of the world. These priests did exactly that. Then when they finally arrived and actually saw Jesus they rejoiced.

“When they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, they fell to the ground at his feet and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests full of gifts and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:11

The notes in the Passion bible say this.

The Greek is hard to translate since it contains so many redundant words for joy in this one verse. It is literally “They rejoiced with a great joy exceedingly.” They were ecstatic. These “wise men” were extremely wealthy. They presented gifts that totaled a great sum of money – not tiny presents wrapped with bows, but treasure chests full of financial wealth….these gifts would have financed Joseph, Mary and Jesus’ exodus to Egypt and supplied their living expenses for a number of years, even after returning to Israel. Gold is an often used symbol of the Deity of Christ. Frankincense points to his perfect life of holiness, excellence and devotion. Myrrh, an embalming spice, speaks to use of the suffering love that would lead him to death on the cross.”

Kind of incredible. The first thing that stuck out to me was the amount of joy that these men had when they first encountered Jesus. The fact that the Greek translation is so littered with words that describe joy, that describe the shear happiness of them just makes me smile. Joy when encountering Jesus….go figure.

The next part of this description is just the incredible generosity that these men had when giving gifts to Jesus. Kind of symbolic to the generosity that we are supposed to show. Jesus calls us to give and give cheerfully. Give to the poor, the needy, those that can’t help themselves.

We are called to give. We are called to experience joy when we are in the presence of Jesus.

Think on that for a minute.

3 Comments

  1. Suzanne on February 4, 2021 at 10:32 am

    The cheerful giver doesn’t just impact the sole receiver of the gift, the joy is magnified, sending out a rippling effect that touches many people, pleases God and lands back on the giver. That’s a lot of joy!!

    2nd Corinthians 9:
    6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
    9 As it is written: ‘They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.’
    10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
    12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

  2. Peggy F on February 4, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Amen! And through these wise men, and the gifts they brought , God supplied the material needs of Mary and Joseph and Jesus as a little boy. Just as the Lord speaks to us today in Phil 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. This promise is deep in my heart to trust God for all material needs. and also standing upon the promise in Nehemiah 8:10 …….this day is holy to our Lord, Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength !! No matter the circumstance, we can have the JOY of the Lord, as our strength. And Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life, for in Your Presence is fullness of joy…

  3. Sherri Hardesty on February 4, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Joy unspeakable joy !! I think I would just be in awe when seeing Jesus, I’m sure smiles would be on my face. One of my fav songs is Smile by sidewalk prophets – so good to pass on smiles when your heart is filled with that inner joy that comes from Jesus

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