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Summary: The wise men were very educated.....but what really made them wise ?

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What Made The Wise Men Wise ?

Matthew 2:1-11

Jokes: 3 Wise Women

Do you know what would have happened if it had been Three Wise

Women instead of Three Wise Men?

They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver

the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole and brought

practical gifts.

One little boy was telling his parents about his Sunday School lesson.....and shared with them the gifts that the wise men brought to baby Jesus.....he said......they brought him goats, frankenstein, and smurfs.

The identity and place of origiin of the wise men has been one of much debate, and conjecture over the years. There are details which are simply not given to us in scripture. How many were there ? Who were they ?

Where were they from ?

Of course the most common number is that there were three because they bore three gifts....this may or may not be the case. It is simply not known.

It has been said of them that they were Kings, princes and or priests.

Many different locations have been suggested as their origin.....the most likeliest being that they were from Arabia or Persia. We are limited to only what truths the scripture gives us concerning these men.

This much we do know......that they were wise !

The word “wise men” is actually “Magi” from which we get our English word “magician”. But they were not magicians as we would think....meaning that they were not experts at slight of hand, and they pulled no rabbit out of their hats. The word “Magi” in those days referred to those who were experts in the workings of the heavens, and the study of the stars. Someone has suggested that they were “oriental scientists”. If they existed today they would be called “astronomers”. These men were probably well educated, and very intelligent, and deserving of the title “wise men” or “magi”.....but I believe what truly made them wise was not their education or intelligence, but their actions. We can glean much from these men from the Christmas story that will show us what truly makes them wise men ? And we can see......if we’re just as wise.

1. They Were Wise In Their Decision.

These men made a decision to seek out, and find he that would be born “The King of the Jews”. This decision was based on their studies, and the information that they had available to them.

a. Stars(or nature)

b. Science

c. Scripture(The O.T. up to the book of Daniel)

While the study of science in our day has led many away from the creator,

these men were led, and rightly so into knowing that there was a God who intervened in the affairs of men. Do not the heavens declare the glory of God or not they the works of his hand. The heavens are the canvas of God and he has painted upon it a number of stars that no man can name or number. Just a few weeks ago while coming to church, the sun was setting, and across the horizon God had painted the most vivid, brilliant colors which no human artist can duplicate. I admire, and appreciate the beauty of the paintings of Thomas Kinkaid who is called the “author of light”....but even his paintings as beautiful as they are cannot do justice to what the heavenly artist has done. I look at the heavens, the sky, the stars, the plants, and all of creation, and I see the fingerprints of God. These men were wise in that they too knew that there was something special, something supernatural about the heavens.


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Paul Atchison

commented on Nov 24, 2006

Great info on the wise men.

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