Wise Men

There are many wise men in the Christmas story—Joseph, the Shepherds, the Wise men, and others.

Joseph strikes me as one of the greatest examples of integrity in the Bible.  He is not a lime-light seeker; he simply trusted the message of the angelic herald. This is a integral part of the gospel; we as individuals must believe the Word of God above all impossibilities. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17  Hearing the Word of God is essential to salvation and the gospel message. Joseph heard and trusted the angel’s message. Have you heard the gospel message this Christmas? Have you trusted in the message of Christ?  Here is the gospel message—1Timothy 3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1Co rinthians15:3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 1Co 15:4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:  This is our angelic message today—the gospel of Jesus Christ. Have you believed the message of the messenger like Joseph?

The shepherds believed the angelic message and followed it with obedience. Their charges were the lambs for the Temple sacrifices who were minutely scrutinized by the priests for any flaws. The stewardship of the shepherds was a valued service to the worship of Judaism. Only men of wisdom concerning sheep and their care were awarded this great privilege of caring for these special little lambs. At one end of the hillside, there was a tower that was used for birthing the new little ones. Since the Mosaic Laws of purity were stringently kept, the area in the tower was kept spotless much like a veterinarian would keep an operating area. In that lower level of the tower was a shallow hollowed out stone used for the birthing station; it was called a “manger.” When the shepherds on the hillside heard the angelic message concerning the Christ child, they immediately knew where to go—a manger in a tower at Bethlehem. Luke 2:12  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  The birthing area in the tower was furnished with these swaddling clothes for cleanliness and also to keep the young lambs warm. There are ruins in Bethlehem of such a tower called Midgal Eder meaning “watch-tower of the flock or tower of the flock.” Sadly there are those who do not believe in the deity of Jesus who use this term for their publications. Oh, if they could only believe like Joseph and Mary and the Shepherds? Oh, if everyone would believe in Christ, the Savior who died to save them from their sins! Shepherds, wise men believed and went to the manger in Bethlehem to worship Him—the man of God. Luke 2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Later, our King James Bible states that wise men saw His star in the East and came to worship Him. Many people erroneously call these men Magi that is derived from the Greek word magos which has the meaning of Magian, Oriental scientist by implication a magician, or sorcerer. Last of the meanings is ‘wise men’ used by our KJ translators. Why? The Magian fire worshipers of ancient Persia would be called Magi. These men were not fire worshippers from some ancient cult. Alexander the Great conquered Persia and destroyed much of this cult who fled and continued their cultic ways in secret. Our translators would never give credence to such a false religion and its adherents. They called them wise men, for they believed God’s message in the stars and came to honor the King of the Jews. Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Matthew 2:2  God had revealed to them through revelation the message of the gospel of Christ. They believed; they came to worship.

As the adage states, “Wise men still worship Him,” meaning the Christ of God. Will you believe in Him? Will you worship Him as Savior and King? That would be a real Christmas.