My dear friend, don’t wait too long to make that most important decision of your life.
So today, all who are already a part of the family of God we need to be wise Christians and let’s seek Him with all our hearts this wonderful Christmas time.
Our message today is about “The Magi.” Who are these men? Were they “Wise Men?” Astrologers? Diviner-priest? Mediums? Magicians? “Magi” is defined in the Greek dictionary as an individual who was “an expert in astrology, interpretation of dreams and various other secret arts.” Those who were called Magi in the Scripture were men who had knowledge of the stars and their courses in the heavens. They could read them like a book which told them what was to be and what had happened. We know very little about these men. They came from the East; where, we don’t know but we can guess that they were Persians from the area of Babylon. We read that that King Nebuchadnezzar had wise me who advised him, they had different titles like: magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers. They were called on to reveal a dream and interpret it but none could. Daniel, with the help of the Lord God, was the only one who could do both for the king. Persia had “wise men” of sorts and I guess there were more in other parts of the East.
For me, the most interesting thing is that when the star was seen that they knew there was a child born and He was of the Jews. They were not of the people of God but maybe through having contact with the exiles over the years the story of “the Christ” was retold and they came to know of the prophecy of Christ, the King of the Jews. Of course, the Lord could have just revealed all of this to them even though they had no knowledge of the Jewish King. Whichever, they had followed this star believing that it declared the birth of a Child King and having followed it far, they finally came to the place where a king would have been born...the palace of Herod, the King of the Jews.
The Bible says that not only was Herod disturbed by the news of a Child King being born but the whole city of Jerusalem. It is understandable that King Herod was disturbed but why was the whole city? You have to remember that King Herod was a ruthless man and would murder even his own sons who might rival him for his crown. Maybe they, the residents of the city, felt that they were in for another killing and disruption in the city of Jerusalem. Well they were right, but the killing did not come to the capital city but in the small city of David.
Herod felt the need to get more information; so he called the people’s chief priests and the teachers of the law to ask them where this child of prophecy was to be born. It is no surprise that they knew the answer to Herod’s question for they were knowledgeable of all the prophecies. They told him that it was prophesied in Micah 5:2, (“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”) that “the Christ” would be born in Bethlehem of Judea. Herod wanted to meet one more time with the Magi but it was just for information that he desired to meet. Verses 7-8 tell us that Herod wanted to know the “exact” time the star appeared and then sending them to Bethlehem he wanted them to report back where the child was. He gave a lame excuse for that information, “so he could worship Him as well.”