Epiphany Service - The Magi Visit the Christ Child (Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12)

Paul Southern, 3rd January 2021
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Bible Quote 60:1 "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
60:2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
60:3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
60:4 "Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm.
60:5 Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.

60:6 Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord .
Bible Quote 2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem
2:2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
2:3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
2:4 When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.
2:5 "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:

2:6 " 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.' "
2:7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.
2:8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
2:9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
2:10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
2:12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
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