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Advent Prophecies - Gifts from the Magi

As we continue to explore these Advent prophecies, we find our next one in the subsequent verses 10 and 11 of Psalm 72. If you remember, verse 9 spoke to the shepherds being heralded by a celestial choir to go and bow before baby Jesus. Psalm 72:10-11 prophesies the Gifts from the Magi being brought to Jesus. “May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts! May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!” As we see in Matthew 2, three wise men, who were kings or stargazers from the east, were led by a magnificently bright star to the birthplace of Jesus. They sensed great joy as they traveled. When they arrived, they fell down and worshiped the king. Could it be that these wise men were Jews from the Assyrian Diaspora in 722 BC, seeking signs in the stars? Many believe the gospel is revealed in the signs of the stars. Think about Virgo, the virgin. Leo the lion. While new age astrology and the worship of stars is unbiblical and wrong, Genesis 1:14 says that the lights in the sky were given for signs and seasons. There are so many examples where the enemy has created counterfeit messages to the real message of Jesus. Could it be that these signs in the stars were meant to display the message of the kingdom? And that these signs led the wise men to the Savior? I can only imagine the emotion the wise men felt when they arrived, just like the shepherds did, as they met the Messiah and worshiped him. The powerful and the poor alike fall down before the King of kings and Lord of lords.

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