Loving God Holy

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Mt. 2:1-12 The Visit of the Magi

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

In the Bible.org's discussion, the story of the Magi is down a little ways. The One Year Bible Blog doesn't seem to have a discussion on this, but they are covering Exodus 39:1-40:38 ~ Mark 1:1-28 Psalm 35:1-16 ~ Proverbs 9:11-12 today. Feel free to read ahead and comment. Have a blessed day. ;)
The Visit of the Magi

2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, "Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."

3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5"In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:

6" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of
are by no means least among the
rulers of Judea;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my
people Israel.' "

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."

9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
I love this story. From the beginning, without speaking a word, He commanded men of great wisdom to fall to their knees and worship Him. (I don't mean 'command' like a commandment. Just the knowledge of who He is gave enough justification.)

I sure do wish I could have been there. Then again, sometimes I wonder...would I have known Him? Would I have been as skeptical as the rest? That bothers me so much. Maybe if I had spent time Him? I believe I might have known. At least that is what I hope.