Summary: The Magi not only saw the star which led to the location of the son of God, they made their journey by faith. God "spoke" to them in language they could understand. He does similar things for us today.
1. Erik Weihenmeyer has led a remarkable life. He is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest (2001). In 2008, he climbed his seventh summit highest peak on each continent). He has written books and produced a film of some of his accomplishments entitled, “Farther Than the Eye Can See.”
Erik has been able to walk by faith, not by sight. He has achieved what many others could not in spite of his blindness – or maybe because of it. He has not seen the dangers of the climbs – nor the spectacular sites. His companions were his eyes and directed his steps to the goal.
How very much like the wise men/magi! They were able to visibly see a star. Yet, they walked by faith to the Messiah with the direction of a God who knew their way.
2. Matthew 2.1-12
3. Magi are a mystery:
a. Where were they from? Do not know exactly
b. How many were there?
c. How did they know to follow the star?
d. A possibility – Genesis 25.5-6
5 Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. 6 But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country.
4. Where there is no [prophetic] vision, the people are unrestrained,
But happy is he who keeps the law. Proverbs 29.18
a. Without teachings we don’t see
b. If we do not see we do not act
5. The account of the magi is one that is more than mere eyesight – it is vision for a goal that is greater than merely following a star; their journey involved:
I. Clear Communication (1-2)
A. God Speaks so that We Can Understand
[Islam – Koran can only be understood in Arabic – Bible in all languages
[How We Learn: Visual – 89%; Auditory – 10%; Tactile – 1%
1. Traditionally at Sinai God spoke the commandments in all the languages of the earth – amid fire and earthquakes, etc. – He used all of the senses to communicate
2. Pentecost – similar
3. Magi – coming with a lesson from the stars
4. God has used ordinary/everyday events to communicate:
Moses as a shepherd; Gideon threshing wheat; Peter washing his nets; Matthew collecting taxes; Wise men and stars
5. God impacts us in different ways:
a. Some by HEARING a message
b. Some by SEEING a movie; video clip, etc.
c. Some by EXPERIENCE of worship
B. God Speaks as the Incarnate Word
A Jewish lady named Mrs. Rosenberg who many years ago was stranded late one night at a fashionable resort - one that did not admit Jews. The desk clerk looked down at his book and said, "Sorry, no room. The hotel is full."
The Jewish lady said, "But your sign says that you have vacancies."
The desk clerk stammered and then said curtly, "You know that we do not admit Jews. Now if you will try the other side of town..."
Mrs. Rosenberg stiffened noticeable and said, "I’ll have you know I converted to your religion."
The desk clerk said, "Oh, yeah, let me give you a little test. How was Jesus born?"
Mrs. Rosenberg replied, "He was born to a virgin named Mary in a little town called Bethlehem."