“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped him.” Matthew 2:11
We have here the wise men’s humble attendance upon this new-born King of the Jews, and the honours they paid him. From Jerusalem they went to Bethlehem, resolving to seek till they should find; but it is very strange that they went alone; that not one person of the court, church, or city should accompany them, if not in conscience, yet in civility to them, or touched with a curiosity to see this young prince.
They found Christ by the same star that they had seen in their own country. From the first appearance of the star, they were given to understand where they might inquire for this King, and then the star disappeared. They were then left to take the usual methods for such an inquiry. We take note that extraordinary helps are not to be expected where ordinary means are to be had. If we go on as far as we can in the way of our duty, God will direct and enable us to do that which of ourselves we cannot do.
Having found the King they sought, the wise men presented themselves first, and then their gifts to him. “They fell down and worshiped him.” We do not read that they gave such honor to Herod, though he was in the height of his royal grandeur. But to this babe they gave this honor, not only as to a king, for then they would have done the same to Herod, but as to a God. All that have found Christ fall down before him, adore him, and submit themselves to him. It will be the wisdom of the wisest of men. The gifts they presented were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Providence sent this for a seasonable relief to Joseph and Mary in their present poor condition.
“And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.” Herod appointed them to bring him word of the discoveries they made, and it is probable that, not suspecting their being made Herod’s tools in a wicked design, they would have done so if they had not been countermanded. Those that mean honestly and well themselves, are easily made to believe that others do so too and cannot think the world is so bad as it really is.
It is strange that we never hear any more of these wise men, and that they or theirs did not afterward attend Christ in the temple, whom they had worshiped in the cradle. However, the direction they had from God in their return would be a further confirmation of their faith in this Child as the Lord from heaven. – Matthew Henry