Wisemen of the Word Trust the Source

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Twice this weekend I heard sermons on the Wise Men who visited the young Savior. Twice my heart was stirred to hear the old, old story. I grew up with so many traditional theories of the Wise Men. I grew up seeing the typical, Caucasian, Black and Asian version of the three wise guys and their treasures standing before a typically very pale skinned baby Jesus, often with light hair and eyes. Funny how we envision things so far from truth.

It is said that the Wise Men were probably from an area which is now in either Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, or an area in what’s now southern Turkey, northern Syria. Although they are often called the ‘Three Kings’, the Bible does not say how many there were, nor that they were kings. One Bible Scholar said there could have been hundreds. But three is the accepted number because there were three gifts. And possibly because three porcelain wise men figures are easier to sell than 200. That’s just a Jesus Chick theory.

With a mind that is focused on worship this week as we go into the days of celebration of the Lord’s birth, I find it interesting that these “wise men” worshipped. That was their purpose. It wasn’t to get selfies taken with the latest trending figures or to study the logistics of a star used as the first GPS. But it was to acknowledge the greatness of this tiny little boy (likely of the age of almost two years).

The Trusted Source

Matthew 2:1-12 – Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, ² saying, “Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

As an infant they knew He was the Ruler of God’s people. They were not in His presence when they discovered that bit of news. But through their studies of the word of God, their astrology wisdom and studies, and the current event in the sky they knew it was God! They trusted their Source. Can I tell you that much like the wise men, this not so wise girl can figure out the same thing. I make no professions of being a deep bible scholar, but I am a lover of the Word, and God has spoken to me through His word too many times to count. How is it that people struggle to believe in a book that has withstood attempted destruction, not only decades or centuries, but thousands of years. The same evil spirit that attempted to kill the Baby Jesus, is the same one that longs to annihilate His Word. By the way He is called the Word in John 1:14. Their is power in the Word is Because He is the Word. Glory to God that makes my heart happy to know that I have the very Word of God in my hand and in my heart.

The Timely Star

³ When Herod the king had 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 demanded of them where Christ should be born. ⁵ And they said unto him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ⁶ ‘And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah; for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule My people Israel.’” ⁷ Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. ⁸ And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.”

And whole other study right now would be the fact that Herod and “all” of Jerusalem were troubled. Can I tell you today that the world is still troubled. Nobody wants anyone to rule over them. They want to rule their own lives.

In the book of Numbers 24:17 a Messianic prophecy is spoken of Jesus “I shall see Him, but not now; I shall behold Him, but not nigh. There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab and destroy all the children of Sheth.

The prophesied became the proven! Satan hates when that happens. The wisemen were not wise in spiritual matters, they were scientist, worldly astrologers who based what they knew on evidence. They had no doubt seen other evidence in the Word of God that was proven. Even in the oldest book of the Bible, which is Job, astrology was spoken of. One of my favorite verses that I’ve spoke of often is Job 38:31 KJV which says “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?” As I just said about the world not wanting control, this was God asking Job, just what kind of power do you have? Can you control the stars? I can. Earlier in that chapter God said to Job in Job 38:1-3 KJV “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, [2] Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? [3] Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.” I don’t know why but that just cracks me up! Put on your big boy pants Job I’ve got a few questions for you about the stars. Those wisemen knew there was a star to be on the watch for. They knew what was there was fact. They had read of that star, and were waiting for it to appear because they trusted in the Word of God and in His timing. Just as real scientist do today. Not the ones who are on the world’s agenda to prove a point not a fact.

The Thought of Significance

Perhaps there was some significance to the star coming out of the east, I don’t think anything “just happens.”

  • The Garden of Eden was planted eastward
    • Genesis 2:8 KJV – ⁸ And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
    • The man God formed, He put him in the east. The same man that Christ came to redeem.
  • He placed the cherubims at the east of the garden to protect it.
    • Genesis 3:24 KJVS – So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
    • Man wasn’t getting back into the garden, and at the east entrance God made sure. God still controls who’s getting in.
  • The tabernacles entrance faced east
    • Numbers 3:38 KJVS – But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
    • Those who God had placed in charge of His tabernacle, His place of worship were placed at the entrance in the east. And who got in was pretty serious business. You’d be dead if you went in without His permission and for His purpose.
  • Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of God came from the east
    • Ezekiel 43:1-5 KJVS – Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: [2] And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. [3] And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. [4] And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. [5] So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.

And then His star being in the East. The Glory of God’s own Son being found in the east… I just found that very interesting. And as I delved into Israel and the significance of the east I kept thinking about the “Eastern Gate” song that I sang at the nursing home on Monday, it just kept stirring me more!

The Gate that Was Shut

Ezekiel 44:1-3 KJVS
Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. [2] Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. [3] It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the Lord ; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.

As I read it and as I understand it — that eastern gate is shut. The gate that was shut on Israel because of their continued rejection and rebellion of God, and is waiting to be opened when the Lord has called the Gentile Church home. When the tribulation is over, and the earth has been destroyed, and New Jerusalem comes down like a bride adorned for her Husband (Revelation 21:2) Then on that day that Eastern Gate will be opened and Israel will once again be with their God beyond the Eastern gate!

I have no idea if what I say is correct. As I said… I usually know just enough to be dangerous.

The Worship of the Savior

Back to Matthew 2:9-12

⁹ When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, 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 exceeding great joy. ¹¹ And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts: gold and frankincense and myrrh. ¹² And being warned by God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

When they found the Savior there was joy. Glorrrraaaaaayyyyyy! Me too! And they fell down and worshipped Him. Those men of worldly wisdom knew Who was the wisest of all. And they fell down and worshipped Him. We need to fall down and worship Him. We need to be on our knees praising Him for who He is and the power that He has. And then we need to head to ”our country”, that country of Heaven another way. It’s not the world’s way. Their not going in the eastern gate. Only God’s children who come to Him by acknowledging who He is will get Home.

I pray we all find time to worship Him… I threw me a pillow in the floor to buffet my old knees and I just took some time in the wee hours of Wednesday morning to tell God how much I loved Him. It wasn’t near enough. I cannot ever worship Him “enough.”

Merry Christmas from Shari, the Jesus Chick. Called by God to be a servant. So grateful…

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Shari Johnson. (aka The Jesus Chick) has been encouraging women of faith and youth for a closer walk with Christ for over ten years. Having a burden for the leadership in American Churches, much of her writing is meant to spear on the servant of God to do more for the cause of Christ in these uncertain times. With humor, transparency and solid bible teaching Shari outlines messages that are easily understood, life applicable, and often with easily remembered points to ponder in hopes that they’ll be reflected on throughout the day and serve as encouragement on the go. Her servant’s heart is grounded in her own local church believing that it is there that the greatest impact can be made and unfortunately suffers the greatest neglect across America. Shari speaks at women’s gatherings in hopes of leaving a giggle in their soul and a burning desire to serve in their own local body of believers having it said of her “I laughed, I cried, and I was drawn to the foot of the cross…” Which is what it’s all about. For information on scheduling Shari, call her direct at (304)377-6036, message her via email at talk2shari@gmail.com or find her on Facebook!

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