Google+ 01/02/14 Let's Learn to Be Wise, Not Worldly!

Matthew 2:1-2

 

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod.

About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,

“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?

We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

 

In part eight of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Christmas and the Manger Live Forever!" we turn to the apostle Matthew for some important information.  There is much misunderstanding and confusion regarding the arrival of the wise men.  First of all, it was the wise men that brought the birth of Jesus to Herod, not the other way around.  Notice our Scripture lesson today.  It was the wise men, arriving from the eastern lands, who asked King Herod where the King of the Jews was being born.  They also saw the star as it rose.  Often we "credit" King Herod with discovering this on his own.  He did not.  As a matter of fact, he was completely unaware that the birth had even occurred.  There is good reason for this fact.  He was not looking for the coming Messiah!  He was not educated in the ways of the Law and the Prophets as espoused in the Old Testament.  This brings up another very important fact.  The "wise" men obviously were.  It says that they inquired after seeing the star.  It says that they arrived to worship Jesus.  How could that be?  Jewish tradition, as we have discussed, would have put Mary, Joseph, and Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem on day eight of His life.  Interestingly enough, the wise men showed up in Jerusalem, not in Bethlehem.  Fortunately God keeps them silent about this fact in front of Herod.  Let's not be confused about the wise men any longer.  Let's forget about whether there were three or not.  There probably weren't!  It makes for a nice song and manger scene, but probably is not accurate.  History and tradition would probably find many wise men traveling for this kind of miracle.  Instead, let's have their faith and seek the Messiah.   "Let's Learn to Be Wise, not Worldly!"