Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 14, 2010

The Wise Men

Mat 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Notice these visitors are called “wise men” not “kings.”  Notice also no number is given.  We tend to romanticize history and change the facts.  Wise men of the time were astronomers  They spent their time studying the stars and planets.  They were very familiar with all the stars visible and also learned in the prophecies of Isaiah and Daniel concerning the coming of the Messiah.  So, when they star the new star, the knew where to go.  The prophecies pointed to Bethlehem.  They had to travel past Herod’s palace and were called before Herod.  Notice also, when you read the entire verses in Matthew, they actually found Jesus in a house, not a manger.  By the time the astronomers got there Joseph and Mary were in a house in Bethlehem.

Once again we have wise, learned men listing to their dreams.  They were told in their dream not to return through Herod’s city but to go another way.  I’m not sure why Herod didn’t seek them out; maybe they were already out of range.  Instead, Herod fulfilled another prophecy by having all boy babies 2 years old and under killed.

It is so important for us to be familiar with the entire Bible.  So many Christians think the Old Testament is no longer important.  It is through the combination of the Old and New Testament that God speaks to us.  There are a lot of Bible reading plans available to help us read all sections of the Bible.  Look one up that most appeals to you.  Just be sure it is well balanced between the books of the prophets, the psalms and proverbs, the gospels and the letters.  All of them tie together.

 

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