“And having been warned in a dream…”
These wise men were attuned to God at work all around them. They listened to God in His creation as they followed the star, and they listened to that still, small voice (in a dream) that directed their path.
God is always at work in wonderful, mysterious, and marvelous ways. We so often complain that God is not at work. I offer this thought—God is always at work, it is us who are not listening. To quote my friend, Max Lucado, “We are looking for the bonfire and miss the candle. We listen for the roar and miss His whisper.”
“Magi-Wise Men-from the east came to Jerusalem and 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.’ ”
Wise men, intellectuals, philosophers, learned men from the EAST! Red flag! Eastern religious men—This can’t be—Eastern astrologers as central characters in the story of Jesus’ birth. What is up with that? This would completely freak out the “church” today. So…what do we do with this info?
I love the authenticity of this. Matthew reported the events as they happened. What I love about these wise men is that wherever they came from, they were obviously seekers of truth, as any wise person would be. As we diligently seek God’s truth, it will always lead us to Jesus.
“Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the angel has told us about.”
Once again, we have people, going about their everyday. The Lord reveals Himself and makes a great announcement. The shepherds heard Him and moved into action.
What a challenge, once again, these words are to me. To hear a word from the Lord, and then move out!!! Start walkin’!!! Put your feet to your faith. The greater news is that He moves with us. He goes before us, behind us, and walks beside us.
The shepherds couldn’t contain their joy as they began to share the good news with those they met.