Advent 2014 – 13 days ’til Christmas

Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. Matthew 2:2


When faced with information requiring a response, people can react in different ways. This was the case in this scenario presented to us in Matthew’s gospel.

wise owlNow the wise men were wise. They saw the sign and responded by seeking out that to which the sign pointed. They made every endeavour to find the king of the Jews who had been born. This is wisdom.

Jealous, arrogant and proud men can respond by bringing devastation upon those around them as was the case with King Herod. His lie that he wanted to know the whereabouts of the child so he could also worship him hid his true intention of seeking to kill any opposition to his rule.

Yet another response can be like that of the Jewish religious leaders. They knew the Scriptures well. They could probably quote it by heart. When asked where the Christ was to be born they answered, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea,’ and went on to quote the prophet Micah.

We are not told what they did or didn’t do beyond that, but we are told that, like Herod, all Jerusalem (including the religious leaders) was troubled (v3).

I’m thinking that their response to the information the wise men gave that the star of their king had already risen would have been fear that they too would lose their position as Jewish leaders. When Herod sent out the order for boys up to the age of two years to be killed, maybe they were hoping this would solve their problem of their Messiah having come the way the Scripture foretold.

Later when Jesus began his ministry, their response was very evident. Like King Herod, they wanted him dead and several times sought to kill him which they finally succeeded in doing with the help of the Romans.

I pray our response will be like the men from the east, wisely seeking out the King to worship him.


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