Reading for Wednesday October 2, 2019
Matthew 2: 11-12
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. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
The wise men weren't necessarily smart men. The translation to wise is appropriate because they were receiving instructions from God. These men were not Jewish and may not have previously known of God at all. But God communicates with them the importance of the birth of Jesus, and instructions not to return to Herod. What did these wise men know about Jesus that would inspire them to make such a long and dangerous journey and bring such valuable gifts. The Bible's account of the wise men is very well known, but it is a short story. According to Syriac texts of the account, the wise men had experienced a vision of the entire life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. When they left, they returned to their homelands, maybe India or Arabia, and started a church. This is a legend. It's not Biblical, but it does kind of make sense. If the wise men knew enough to make the journey, why wouldn't they have gone home with that knowledge. Would not have their lives been changed by having met Jesus? People who truly know Jesus, follow Him. So...
What happened to the wise men after they left Bethlehem?
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