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Three Wise Men and a Toddler
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:41:54

One of the big hot topics about this time every year, around Christmas, is the subject of the three wise men and the baby Jesus. What controversy is that? Well, there are several. The first is, were there three wise men, or many? The bible never really says one way or another. It merely states that "wise men", plural, came to Jesus. The idea of three wise men comes from the fact that there were three gifts given to Him. Namely, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. One thing I will recommend, before I get too much further into this, is to do a word study on the gifts given to Jesus.

It's really fascinating, because they each symbolize different important things in His life, including His kingship, and his eventual coming death several decades future. But that's for another time and another place. Now, stepping off from the subject of the wise men, we will enter into the second great controversy of the holiday season, and that is, "What age was Christ when the wise men came?" There's been lots of theories spanning a whole gambit of ideas. But as with anything I post here, I find it best to let the bible speak for itself on this topic.

Matthew 2:1-11 (KJV) - "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, 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. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born."

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 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.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come 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 unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh."

This verse is a rather interesting bit of scripture in that it tells us very clearly the answer to our question. Allow me ...(read more)

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