Thursday, November 10, 2016

THE WISE MEN FROM THE EAST - By Elvin C. Myers


THE WISE MEN FROM THE EAST
By Elvin C. Myers


Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-2

It has been generally agreed that the number of wise men  from the east is unknown. In addition, it is agreed that they  did not visit Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus in a stable.  Matthew 2:11 states that "they were come into a house" for the  visit.

Christmas cards often portray three men on camels riding  over the crest of a sand dune, and before them lies a sprawling  city with a bright star above. Bethlehem was nowhere near a  desert; it was in the mountains of Judea. It was not a  sprawling city with domed buildings like mosques but was a  very small village.

Who were the wise men? They were certainly not Persian  astrologers who studied the heavens. Astrology is soundly  condemned by the Lord, so it is highly unlikely that God would  Use astrology to announce Christ's birth (Isaiah 47:13-14). It  is almost always associated with demon worship.

The wise men were Jews. What were Jews doing in  Persia? They were scattered up and down the Euphrates River  Valley being a remnant from the Babylonian captivity. The  Persians liberated the Jews from the seventy years of captivity  and gave permission for them to return to Judea. Many  returned, but large numbers stayed. Many who stayed in  Persia were Godly Jews, like Daniel and Ezekiel. Since Daniel  wrote of the time the Messiah would appear, there is every  reason to believe that Godly Jews in Persia would have been  watching for Messiah's appearance, especially as the  designated time approached. In Acts 2:5, we learn that Jews  from all over the Mediterranean world were in Jerusalem for  Pentecost. Verse 9 says there were Parthians, Medes,  Elamites, and dwellers in Mesopotamia.

The wise men were not Gentiles. No promise of a  Messiah was given to Gentiles. The wise men came to worship  the child whom they expected to grow to manhood, become  Israel's King, and save His people from their enemies.

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