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The Wise Men

Reading: Matthew chapter 12 verses 1-12.

Ill:

• Story told of a retired man who bought a top of the range BMW as a present for himself.

• It was of course a convertible and boy did it go!

• As he took it for a spin on a dual carriageway, and his foot hit the floor and whoosh!

• Off it took, and within second he was soon doing over a ton!

• Then when he looked in the mirror, he saw a blue flashing light;

• Something came over him and instead of slowing down and pulling over,

• He decided to press the accelerator even harder;

• And he soon started to leave the police car behind.

• Then he came to his senses and thought; “What are you doing?”

• So he pulled over.

• When the police officer arrived on the scene, the man was red faced and very apologetic.

• The policeman said;

• “Listen, I am about to go off duty, if I write you a ticket,

• I am going to have to go back to the station and complete a load of paperwork.

• If you can give me one good reason why you were going so fast,

• A reason I have never heard before, I will let you off with a ticket”

• The man thought for a moment and said;

• “Well, years ago my wife ran off with a policeman….

• And just for a few minutes I thought you might be bringing her back!”

Note:

• The story of the wise men & their gifts is a story that is shrouded in mystery.

• From tradition we seem to know all the facts and details.

• But as we study the Bible we find that there are a lot of questions;

• That we cannot answer about the wise men from the Biblical text.

Ill: For example:

• How many were there? We don’t know.

• Where did they come from? We don’t know.

• What were there names? We don’t know (5th century they were called Caspar, Melchior, & Balthasar)

• How long did their journey take? We don’t know.

• They seem to just show up mysteriously;

• And just as mysteriously they are gone!

Note:

• From the Greek word translated in English as “wise men” or “Magi”,

• We get our English word “magician”.

• But these ‘Magi’ are not magicians as we would think of today;

• They were not experts at slight of hand, and they pulled no rabbit out of their hats.

• The word “Magi” in Bible times;

• Referred to those who were experts in philosophy, medicine and natural science.

• In Bible days you didn’t ‘Google’ for an answer;

• You looked to the Magi (specially trained wise men) to come up with an answer.

• These Magi (Wise Men) were literally walking encyclopaedias.

• Their one job in life was to learn, learn, learn;

• Then when called upon by their king or queen.

• They were required to give an appropriate answer or solution to the problem.

ill:

• Biblical example of wise men or ‘Magi’ was Daniel (of the Lion’s den fame);

• He was captured and taken to Babylon with his three friends;

• Shadrach; Meshach and Abednego (ill: my shack, your shack and a bungalow)

• And we are told they were chosen because they were…..

“Selected only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,”

“Those that were well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace.


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