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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