Epiphany, the traditional day to celebrate the Magi’s arrival to worship Jesus, implies a lot for all the peoples of the world. Pastor Keith Griswold shares this message, based on Matthew 12:1-12
We open todays worship with the reading of Psalm 43.
We share the song, We Have Seen His Star by The Harvest Worship Band, to lead into today’s worship.
Matthew and Luke emphasize different points in their writing – Luke, the poor, the lowly, the outcast; and Matthew, the rich, the educated, the non-Jews. Today, we focus on Matthew’s Gospel.
The Magi were magician/astrologers. A caste of priests in Persia who studied the stars for indications for what’s going on on earth.
- Psalm 72:10-11
- Isaiah 60:6
Astrology & Magic
The belief of the Bible is that God made the stars; the stars are controlled by God.
- Genesis 1:16
- Psalm 33:6
- Isaiah 40:26
The Magi don’t fit within the Jewish way of thinking.
- Deuteronomy 18:10-12
The Star & Scripture
- Matthew 2:1-2
- Numbers 24:16-17
- Matthew 2:6
- Micah 5:2
God is at work in & through “outsiders.”
God’s grace and mercy are offered to all people. We see it and know it in and through Jesus.
We close today’s worship with a special rendition of a familiar song – Hope of the Nations (Christmas Edition).
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