Wise Men Kneel – Matt 2:1-23

My second daily reading in the One Year Bible New Testament is  Matthew 2:1-23

The magi, AKA the wise men, give us a great example of wisdom and humility in several ways. It would be wise to follow their example. (Note: These are not commands but ways we can learn from the Magi).

Wise Men Seek Jesus

The Magi traveled many miles to find Jesus and worship him.“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”  Matthew 2:2  When was the last time you went out of your way to seek Jesus? When did you last make a sacrifice to seek and find him?

Wise Men Experience Joy

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  Matthew 2:10 ESV   When they realized their quest was coming to a close they were stoked! Any time someone rejoices exceedingly with great joy they are pretty happy! There is great joy pursuing Jesus.

Wise Men Worship Humbly

And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2:11  It takes a humble man to bow down to a baby.  These men understood that this baby was God himself and therefore the most powerful One. 

Foolish Men are Proud

In this story, there is a foolish man named Herod. He is so mad that there is a competing King that he goes to great lengths to kill Jesus, even resorting to killing all the babies in Bethlehem under the age of two. His pride caused great harm.

 Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.  Proverbs 11:2 

The pride of Herod led him to be one of the most notorious villains in the history of the world.

The humility of the Magi makes me think they rightly deserve the title WISE MEN!

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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