Updated December 8, 2013
Matthew 2: 1-12 Behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, "where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East and have come to worship Him." (NKJV)
There has always been something about these men, from Babylon, that has intrigued me. The term wise men; just who were these people? What do we really know about them? Another term used is Magi (great prince). We do know that they were astrologers, star gazers. They were not kings as some would suppose, but rather, they were members of a learned religious class; they advised kings. They came from the land that is now known as Iran. Their journey to Bethlehem was over 1000 miles, which took about two years. They date back as far as Genesis 41 -- Pharoah's dream. They were Gentiles. The importance here being that Jesus was and is worthy of royal honor from all humanity. Both Gentiles and Jews are included in God's redemptive plan.
The thing that prompted this long journey was an unusual star that appeared in the East and they saw it and followed it. After reading all the comments recorded in Matthew concerning these men, it is entirely conceivable that they had knowledge of Old Testament scripture. They were somehow familiar with prophesies concerning the coming Messiah (note vs. 5); and they said unto Herod "in Bethlehem of Judah for thus it is written by the prophet", then they quoted from the book of Micah 5: 2, "And thou Bethlehem in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah, out of thee shall come a governor that shall rule my people Israel". At any rate, they were smart enough to investigate what they knew from scripture. Are we? Another thing that made them wise; they were looking up toward the heavens during a time of spiritual darkness. I believe it is that time again. A time to have an upward gaze. Luke 21: 28 says "when you see these things begin to happen look up."
Talk about a walk of faith. The star appeared in the beginning of their journey. The star that they referred to as His star was a spiritual manifestation used by God, both when it first appeared to indicate the fact of the birth of Christ and again when it reappeared over Jerusalem to guide them to the place where the Christ child was now living. "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with his mother." These men came prepared to give of themselves. Gift giving was an oriental custom among royalty. "And when they opened their treasures..." Oh how far we have drifted, we give gifts to everyone but Christ. This year at this giving season, why not bring Him a gift? Let me make a suggestion, why not consider giving Him the greatest gift ever? YOURSELF. This will make you a wise person.
THINK ABOUT IT!!!