6 STIRRING TRUTHS ABOUT THE WISE MEN!

1 THEY SERVED THE KING.

“We three kings from Orient are…” Wrong! We hear about wise men in the book of Daniel. He and his friends went to school for three years in Babylon to become “magi.”  Kings surrounded themselves with wise people, who advised them by interpreting dreams and unlocking mysteries. Daniel had an advantage–revelation from God, and he rose to the top of the food chain. He explained Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and even gave him his dream when he forgot it–wisdom of a different sort. 

2 THEY CAME FROM THE EAST, 

maybe Persia (Iran), Babylon, or Arabia. Since they were familiar with some of the Hebrew Scriptures that spoke about a star (“we saw his star in the east”–Matt. 2:2), they might have been from Babylon, since 20,000 Jews were exiled there in 586 B.C. It eventually had a center for Jewish Studies. We don’t know how many made the trip. Three gifts don’t mean three wise men.

3 THEY CAME TO WORSHIP,  

not do research. To take an 800-mile trip (if from Babylon) required more than curiosity. God was stirring in the hearts of these pre-converts to the Hebrew faith. They told Herod, “We have come to worship him” (2)  They acted on what they knew, and God gave them more. Same for you.

4 THEY CAME BY DIVINE ACTIVITY.

“The heavens declare the glory of God,” and it gave them the supernatural direction needed to proceed. They were led by a star to the holy family, a miracle! By the time they got to Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary were in a house (2:11), not a stable, which might have simply been the other end of a cave. Maybe Joseph, who “was of the house and lineage of David,” had relatives in Bethlehem. They might have received him and given him the best they had at the moment, or they might have rejected him because of a questionable marriage. The wise men possibly arrived many months after the birth. The infant (“brephos”) is now called a child (“paidion”–2:8,11). 

5 THEY WERE SEEKERS, NOT SITTERS. 

The scribes gave the wise men the guidance they needed (2:5,6), yet without budging. They were five miles from the King of kings. Those who seek find; those who don’t won’t. Perhaps the wise men knew the writings of Daniel 9:24-27, which give a prophetic timeline regarding the Messiah and might have drawn them to seek more. God declares, “If with all your hearts you truly seek me, you shall surely find me” (Jeremiah 29:13). “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy” (2:10). Sounds like children discovering truth. Because they followed what they knew, God kept giving. We don’t need the whole truth, just the next step. They asked questions and got answers. We read about them in God’s Book!

6 THEY GAVE EXTRAVAGANT GIFTS. 

“Then opening their treasures, they offered him gifts…” (2:11). They were moved so much that they gave lavishly. God was silently involved in their story from beginning to end–leading, revealing, bringing joy. May He do the same for you–in 2022! And may you give it all you’ve got!

One comment on “6 STIRRING TRUTHS ABOUT THE WISE MEN!

  1. Michael Cook says:

    Thanks, Paul. I always am challenged, learn from and enjoy your writings. Even when I don’t learn something new you afirm my beliefs. I was led to Romans 12:9-13 this morning. A good check list for the new year.
    May God continue to bless you and your family in this new year.

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