By: Darrelyn L. TuttToday's cast of characters ushers in the "wise men" or Magi.The word, as translated in Greek, suggests an Easterly direction with Babylon and Persia being of superior interest.Students of astronomy, astrology, and enchantment, the Magi were deemed "chief of the magicians" and generally were known for practicing sorcery and divination.I find it curious that it's generally affirmed that the wise men couldn't have been sorcerers because sorcerers would not have been seeking out God.Hmmm ...Really?Isn't the "glory story" all about the miraculous?Doesn't the entire cast of characters paint a vivid illustration of unlikely individuals searching for the Messiah because the God of the Messiah had searched out them?Does a "virgin birth" not qualify as an assertion to all that the impossible might also apply to "sorcerers?"Maybe the wise men were like "Balaam" whom God elected to utter one of the most profound prophecies recorded in the early Scripture who was also declared a pagan "wise man or sorcerer."Read the story for yourself and consider the mind boggling ways of our eternal God.(Numbers 22-24)Don't assume "you" know the cast of characters God would select.So far in our adventure, we only see He's full of surprises.------"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 worshiped Him, and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way."Matthew 2:11-12The wise men didn't have the power to bring Jesus to them;And they didn't have the power to bring deliverance to men.Jesus simply reminds all men everywhere, that He does the calling and we do the responding.He does the initiating, and we do the following.He does the saving, and we do the sinning.And that's the wonderful "magic" of God.The "Magi God".-------Imagine the impossible in the Christmas story, dear reader.Don't let human reasoning deflect from the mission of the Messiah; to call a lost and dying world unto Himself.Follow the North star ...It's the star that leads men home.It's the star that leads to "wise" men learning how to worship.------STUDY FOR GROWTH:1) Read the story of the wise men in Matthew 2 and record insights that strike you about them.2) Consider the "Gentile" glimpse of the Messiah and the testimony that would have proceeded these men.3) Which character, thus far studied, most identifies with your personhood?
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