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On the Tenth Day of Christmas,

God sent Wisemen. He sent guidance.

Matthew 2:1-5, 7-9, 11,12: “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…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. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him…And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”

Dear Friends and Family,

After Jesus was born, men from the east, probably from Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and/or Syria, came looking for the Christ child. Because these men were esteemed as great learners, as they studied science, ancient prophecies and astronomy, there were called wisemen. While no number of wisemen is mentioned in Matthew, Western Christianity has typically embraced the belief that there were three wisemen because there were three gifts brought to Jesus. It is believed these wisemen, probably numbering over a dozen with servants, were very wealthy and held in high esteem. Some believe they were minor princes, kings, or priests. The wisemen had enough money that they could embark on an international excursion and bestow expensive gifts to Jesus. By virtue of the fact that the wisemen were able to gain access to powerful rulers like Herod suggest they were men of importance.

The wisemen, being astronomers, would have noticed a new star in the sky. The wisemen would have known the ancient prophecies of a newborn king, the Son of God. Although Jesus was prophesied to be the king of the Jews, the wisemen believed he was important for all the world and worthy of worship. Their desire to worship Jesus led them to travel a great distance, up to 800 miles, following the star directly to Jesus, which would have taken several months and up to two years. Their desire to worship was so strong that they were willing to leave their comfortable lifestyles and affluent homes to trek across the vast and barren deserts in search of something that money could not buy, something that would satisfy their souls.

When they encountered Herod, the wisemen shared with him all the information they had on the child they were so excited to worship. King Herod, threatened by the arrival of a king that could challenge his power, pretended interest in the young child. He determined when the star had appeared in the sky and requested that the wisemen return to him and report on the location of Jesus.

When the wisemen arrived at the “house” where Jesus lived, they fell down to worship the “young child,” who is believed to have been about 2 years old. After gifting expensive presents of gold, frankincense and myrrh, the wisemen left, departing back to their country a different way, because they had been warned in a dream by an angel not to return to Herod. Jesus also escaped certain death because an angel told Joseph in a dream to take the family to Egypt.

Be it a star or a dream, God guided the wisemen in the direction they needed to go. Today, God still guides those who would follow Him. For some, God guides with dreams. With others, God guides with a thought or a feeling. And sometimes, God guides with thoughts, feelings and dreams. But, most important to remember, He guides. He guides those who seek Him, those who ask, those who question, and those who desire to know in faith.

On the tenth day of Christmas, God sent Wisemen. He sent guidance.

Love always,

Hubby & Elle


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