Matthew 2:11-12 “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.”
I have always loved the biblical account of Christ’s birth. First, as a child with all the awe and wonder of the season. Second, after I received Christ as Savior, the deeper meanings of all that had happened. And lastly, for the faith displayed by all involved.
When you stop to consider the culture of the day, the violent nature of monarchies and the crudeness of travel, this account of the wise men takes on significant meaning.
Long before they had ever embarked on their journey, they had been students of the scriptures. They had studied the prophecies concerning the coming Messiah. They looked in depth with interest to follow just where and when He might come. They were diligent.
It was a matter of the heart.
Matthew 2:10 “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
One of the most troubling things for Herod, the reigning king in Jerusalem, was to hear that this was a divine appointment to be king. To hear of accounts of astrology was commonplace. But to hear of a star that revealed that a new king was born was truly remarkable – and unsettling.
Matthew 2:2 “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.”
‘His’ star? Some think the wise men to be astrologers who knew this specific star would come. But it does not explain why they were the only ones to see it, recognize it for what it was and follow it. There are scientific explanations offered as to the appearance of the star.
Some think it coincides with a supernova recorded aroiund that period of time. God could certainly use the forces of the nature He created for His purpose.
Considering that these men were spiritual, they must have taken scripture as well.
Numbers 24:17 “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.”
It is more plausible to believe that these men were supernaturally led of God to the very place where Jesus resided. They followed a star that no one else followed. It led them to a specific residence where the Son of God lived. When they arrived, they offered Him gifts that were only fit for a king.
The course of events that followed; the dream that led the wise men home on a different path; the dream to lead Jesus, Mary and Joseph to Egypt; the killing of all children two years and younger and the subsequent return after the death of Herod make for astronomical odds of any one prophecy being fulfilled, let alone so many to account for all that happened.
Yet, it is still our faith that must believe. Believe that that babe, born in a manger IS the Son of God.
John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
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