The Perfect Gift

It is of utmost importance that we, as writers and producers of Bible-based work get our facts strait. The sketch “The Perfect Gift” was written and produced in 2008 at Detroit World Outreach and is a prime example of live drama, video and preaching (see video link below). The reference made in the sketch about the Magi meeting up with Mary and Joseph when Jesus was two years old was based on Matthew 2:16 but was incorrectly interpreted. There is no question that the Magi were an integral part of God’s plan to protect Jesus from King Herod, however there is no evidence that the Magi were at the birth nor is it feasible to think that it took them two years to arrive.

There are references that place the rendezvous of the Magi at least forty days after the birth. Matthew 2:11 confirms the Magi came to the house – not the inn or stable. As per Jewish law, they were to bring a sacrifice following her (Mary’s) purification (Luke 2:22). Leviticus 12:2-5 spells out in detail that a woman giving birth shall be unclean 7 days, on the 8th day the circumcision is to be performed, followed by her purifying 33 days, during which time she (Mary) could touch no hallowed thing nor come into the sanctuary.

Matthew 2:12-14 confirms the rest. The Magi were told in a dream that they were to return another way to avoid Herod, but did they receive word before or after they met with Mary? Answer: before. Why? How else would Luke know of the Magi’s dream if Mary didn’t tell him. And the only way for Mary to know is if the Magi told her which proves the dream occurred before they met. Joseph received his dream confirming the authenticity of the Magi’s report as soon as the Magi departed and left by night for Egypt. So, the only way to fit these puzzle pieces together is if the Magi showed up after Mary’s purification (i.e. 40 days later), which was witnessed by both Simeon and Anna the prophetess in the temple. Take that Hallmark!

Lastly, Herod (Matthew 2:16) had been diligently enquiring of the Magi for two years, which is why he took no chances and killed all the children (male and female) two years old and under in Bethlehem and in all the coasts thereof.

What we should all take away from this story is that all of the participants were obedient to God. If just one of them didn’t listen or had procrastinated, the outcome may have been significantly different. We should also note the vehement hostility the world has for God and the lengths it will go before giving up it’s authority.

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