Matthew 2:1-12 - Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, wise men came from the east to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who was born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
3 When Herod the king heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where Christ should be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is what the prophet wrote:
6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are no longer least among the princes of Judah; for out of you shall come a Governor, who will shepherd My people Israel.’[a]”
7 Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men, carefully inquired of them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring me word again, so that I may come and worship Him also.”
9 When they heard the king, they departed. And the star which they saw in the east went before them until it came and stood over where the young Child was.10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with great excitement. 11 And when they came into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary, His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 But being warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.
Wise Men or "Magi" are those who we today call "Astrologers." They believed that the stars gave answers, they interpret dreams and advise the King.
These "Wise Men" first went to Jerusalem to inquire of the birth of the one who had been born the “King of the Jews.”
God had given them a sign when Jesus was born in the form of a "star" in the sky shining from the east.
Herod, the king at the time, was disturbed or very troubled because he was King and in his own mind, no one else would stand in that position but Him as long as he was alive, even if it mean having the opponent killed to make sure it does not happen.
Herod had killed 3 of his sons out of fear of losing his kingdom and no one was exempt from his wrath if he felt threatened of losing his kingdom or not having things his way.
Having inquired of the chief priest and scribes about this "King of the Jews" and finding out that He was born in Bethlehem as was prophesied by the old testament prophet Micah, King Herod called a "private" meeting with the "wise men" concerning Jesus and afterwards, sent them to seek this "King Of The Jews" and told them that when they find Him, bring word back to Him so that he too can come and worship Him.
The king had a hidden plan to kill Jesus. God knew all about it, therefore, God had another plan which would be a plan of "protection" for His Son until God’s purpose for His life had been fulfilled.
Having left the king's presence after this private meeting, the "wise men" followed the "star" that eventually lead them to Jesus where they presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Having seen the "King of the Jews" with their own eyes, these men headed back home after being warned in a dream not return to King Herod, but to return to their own country via a different route.
Herod's plan was not to worship Jesus, but to find His location and kill Him.
Whatever the enemy may be plotting against you, God sees it, he knows all about it and He too has planned out another route for your life and mine that we will complete on this earth.
Remember Joseph? He told His brothers, “what you meant for evil, God worked it for my good.”
I have seen these words of God manifest in my life over and over again in my 57 short years of life.
Believe it or not, but our enemy is already defeated according to scripture and we have the victory through Christ Jesus.
I believe God!
A visit with Jesus by the "Wise Men". Wise they were in obeying the spirit of God in not going back to Herod, but instead, going back home to their own country.
Obedience is better than sacrifice. The "Wise Men" wore the name very well. Their obedience to the Spirit of God and not King Herod proved it.
What about you? Wise like the "Wise Men" or foolish like King Herod?
Be persuaded by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and not of yourselves. The Holy Spirit is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. If you follow Him, I promise you that you will arrive home safely.
"WISE" Men still seek Him!
God bless you all on today.