Wise Men Are Seekers Of The Truth

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

The birth of Jesus is one of the Bible's most famous and loved stories, probably one that most people who are not even familiar with Scripture have heard at one time or another. I love reading about the Shepherds in the field when the Angels announced to them the birth of Jesus. But I’ve always been fascinated with the Wise men from the East being led by the star to the place where the King was to be born.

 There are several myths about the wise men. The Bible doesn’t say there were three nor does it say they were kings. They were not there at Jesus birth but sometime later. They didn’t find Jesus in a stable but in a house and He was called a young child. Matthew 2:11 states, “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him”. Matthew's Gospel also tells us these wise men came from the East, Matthew 2:1. Why were they called Wise Men (Magi)? These men were skilled in astronomy and astrology, they were highly revered and respected in their culture and were especially noted for their ability to interpret dreams.

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 Because of their knowledge of science, mathematics, history, and the occult, their religious and political influence grew until they became some of the most prominent and powerful group of advisors in the Medo-Persian and Babylonian empires. More than just soothsayers and magicians, they were dignitaries. And though they weren't kings, they were men of tremendous importance.

 But even with all their knowledge, these wise men still had not found the answers they had been looking for in life. I call them seekers or better yet, true seekers. We know they were true seekers, because God revealed himself to them in a special way when the star led them to the place where they could find Jesus: "When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy" (Matthew 2:10). Then they offered Him their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

God tells us in Jeremiah 29:13, "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." If you are also a true seeker, if you want to know the true God, then He will reveal himself to you too. God Bless!