Bible Commentary: “Wise Men” The Days Of Christmas

December 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, (Matthew 2:1 NKJV)

We are counting the days until Christmas and we here at Word of Encouragement would like to spend this time together reviewing the prophecies and scriptures concerning the birthday of our King and seeing how they might apply to us today and seeing what encouragement we can receive from them.

Matthew 2:1-7 gives us this account, “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, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.  When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over there the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way”.

Matthew is writing his Gospel to the Jews. He is presenting Jesus as the promised King and the fulfillment of scripture. So Matthew would give the account of wise men that came seeking the King. These wise men were not Jews yet they sought the King of the Jews. They had knowledge of Him so they must have studied the Hebrew writings; these were learned men, perhaps Astronomers, certainly men of science. They see the star from their homeland, understand its significance from what they have studied and begin their journey to see Him.

When they arrive they ask where is He and Herod cannot answer because he was not aware. There is a star that shines brightly and no one questions its significance or investigates or even wonders. That is until these men arrive. Then Herod springs into action ordering the chief priests and scribes to explain what these wise men already know, that Jesus is born. It was an easy thing for these men to tell Herod everything he demanded to know because God wanted people to know about the birth of His son. He gave out many announcements beforehand and everyone except these non-Jewish men from the East ignored it. And what does Herod do when he is given the information? What do the chief priests and scribes do when they look up the information? They all do the exact same thing: Nothing! No one even joins the journey to see the King. That is why only these men from the East are called “wise” as they sought out the King and found Him while the others knew of Him but did nothing with the knowledge.

Child of God – God promises us in Jeremiah 29:13 that “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart”.  These men from the East searched for the King and when they found Him they worshipped and then they were satisfied. We do not have to journey far to find our King. All we need to do is set up a time and a place to do prayer and reading and as we study from page to page we will find our King! And we will worship! And we will be satisfied!

Our prayer:
Lord, I want not only to find you every day, but also to know you better and deeper. I will certainly be satisfied! You are the only one who can fill my heart. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you

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