Prayer Tip: The Wise Men

Posted Jan 7, 2018

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Daily Scripture

Matthew 2:1-2, 8a and 9-11

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We've seen his star in the east, and we've come to honor him.” … [Herod] sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search carefully for the child… they went; and look, the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. Then they opened their treasure chests and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Prayer Tip

Matthew 2:1-2, 8a, 9-11: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We've seen his star in the east, and we've come to honor him”… [Herod] sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search carefully for the child… they went; and look, the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. Then they opened their treasure chests and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

This passage doesn’t offer many details about our wise men coming to worship the newborn King. However, most scholars believe these wise men may well have traveled over 1,000 miles, a journey that would more than likely have taken 25-30 days. These wise men were indeed wise. They were probably astrologers, watching the heavens and the stars. They knew there was something special about this star above Bethlehem. How did they respond? Through worship.

As we continue in to the new year, let us be reminded that the star we follow is the tug in our hearts placed there by God who desires that we know his love for us, a love so grand that he would become one of us. May that wonder and joy continue to fill and strengthen you as you journey on into the new year.

Loving God,

Let this be the day that I worship and adore you in all that I think, say, and do. My heart is yours this day and forever more.

Amen.

 - Tino Herrera, Congregational Care Pastor

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