Monday, December 15, 2014
Wise Men-Who Were They?
Bible Questions Answered:
“Who were the wise men?”
Matthew 2:1-12 NLT
1 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,
2 “Where is the newborn King Of The Jews? We saw His star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him.”
3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.
4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is
The Messiah supposed to be born?”
5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:
6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a Ruler will come from you who will be The Shepherd for my people Israel.”
7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared.
8 Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find Him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship Him, too!”
9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where The Child was.
10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!
11 They entered the house and saw The Child with His mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
Matthew 2:1 NLT
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,
The three Wise men, were wealthy Kings (Some believe scholars of the day.) from the East, Persia (Present day Iran), or as far away as from India.
These were learned men, (Tradition lists their names as: Balthazar, Caspar, and Melchior.) who were professors of their day. They studied many things, one of which was astronomy, and in their doing so, had found in the heavens a special star, that showed them, a King had been born of the Jews, a King who was worthy of worship.
Matthew 2:2 NLT
"Where is the newborn King Of The Jews? We saw His star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him.”
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Wise men today, still seek the one who is …..
John 14:6 KJV
"...I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto The Father, but by Me.
John 10:9 KJV
I am The Door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Acts 4:12 KJV
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Ephesians 2:8,9,18 KJV
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is The Gift Of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto The Father.
Titus 3:5 KJV
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of The Holy Ghost;
I John 5:12 KJV
He that hath The Son hath Life; and he that hath not The Son of God hath not life.