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Lessons Learned From Wise Men

Matthew 2:1-23

Often you will hear me quote other men of God that I have a great deal of respect for. (Ex. Spurgeon, D.L Moody, Matthew Henry, David Jeremiah, J Vernon McGee, Charles Stanley, Alan Carr and especially Adrian Rogers) Why do I do this? Because these men have proved to be very wise men. Many of the men I have mention have spent many years studying the Word of God and I have benefited greatly from their ministry.There are also many wise men that I have met throughout my life & ministry that have invested in me and have been a great influence and example.

We can learn much from the wisdom, experience and life lessons of others. The Word of God is full of men and women that we can learn from. Tonight I want to examine the Wise men mentioned here in Matthew 2:1-12. Last week we saw where Mary & Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem to dedicate Him to the Lord at the Temple. Afterwards they returned to Nazareth - Luke 2:39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

After the journey to Nazareth there is a period of time that passes before the events that are recorded in our text for today. As we arrive at Matthew chapter 2 we read of a group of men who are described as “Wise men”. Let’s look at their story and consider the thought “ Lessons Learned Form Wise Men”

Matthew 2:1 ¶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, 2 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.

After the birth of Christ these “wise men” entered Jerusalem

Wise Men {G} - (Magos) (mag'-os) Oriental scientist.

Many times you will hear these men referred to a “The Three Wise Men” There is actually no evidence to support this assumption. There were 3 gifts that were offered but there could have been 2, 20 or 200 wise men. Some believe that the “Wise men” were a group of astronomers from the Mesopotamia area.They approached Herod and asked for information concerning another King …”The King of the Jews” There is another misconception about this story and it is concerning the timeline of this event. These men did not find “the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes” In these verses, Jesus is referred to as “the young child”

v9 ¶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.

V11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child

v¶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.

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