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6th January 2024


Epiphany


Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?

For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”


Matthew 2:2


These travellers, in Matthew 2, are called wise men, which in the ancient Greek is magi. Misconceptions and legends abound about these Wise Men. They were not kings but Wise Men, which means they were astronomers. Nowhere in the Bible are we told their names, or how many of them there were. However, most scholars agree, that there were probably more than three. These Wise Men, they did not come on the night when the Saviour was born, but rather several months later, even as much as two years later. Nevertheless, their arrival at Herod's palace in Jerusalem caused great concern (v 3).


Although the scribes could explain where the Messiah should be born, they remained quite unperturbed in Jerusalem. They did not accompany the Wise Men to seek Him, whom the Wise Men came seeking. Similarly, like the Scribes we may be able to explain every article of our faith—And yet remain spiritually motionless, inactive and unperturbed. The power that moved heaven and earth leaves us completely unmoved. What a contrast! The Wise Men had only old prophecies, and rumours to go by. But it spurred them to set out on a long, hard journey.


The scribes, meanwhile, were much better informed, much better versed. They had sat and studied the scriptures for years—but it did not make any difference to them or their hearts. Who had the more truth? Those who followed a rumour—or those who remained sitting, unperturbed, satisfied with all their knowledge? Bible Reading

 Matthew 2:1-12.

Prayer

Everlasting God, Thank You that Matthew recorded this arrival, searching and seeking of the Wise Men for us to read today. Thank You, that they acted in faith. Help me to do likewise. In Jesus name. Amen.
















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