Verse 6: “Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of the great;”
“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11) We read in the scriptures about the wise men that came from the east, searching for the Savoir of the world to worship Him. A wise man was one to be respected and honored. In those days it was more likely that children were not even suffered to come unto a wise man and yet here are wise men bowing before the true King. They exemplified today’s “gold nugget”, “Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of the great;” They knew who this newborn baby was and was to become. They dare not exalt themselves in His presence, but rather humbled themselves in worship and offerings. On this treasured day, our society is guilty of exalting everything and everyone other than the one who is worthy. It’s my prayer that Christians be the exception to this norm. Let us make a bold statement to our family, friends, but especially to our children what is truly the meaning of CHRISTmas. We have a challenge in this. We can say with our mouths that He is the reason for the season, but the gifts and food galore, with all the attention on one another, it doesn’t carry over into the hearts and minds of our next generation unless we make a massive ordeal about who Jesus is and why He came to be born unto us. We are presented with that challenge today. I hope we arise to the challenge!
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Lord help us to overshadow gifts and food with truth, knowledge and adoration for our King that was born unto us to save us from our sins. Amen
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