“Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?  For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship him.”  Matthew 2:1b-2

We have always been fascinated by the Wise Men who came from a far away land looking for the Baby Jesus.  But who and what were the wise men, and what exactly were their motives?

The word for wise men is magi, a plural term that means wise men.  God’s Word never does tell us how many there were, so we really don’t know.  It has been assumed by many that there are three because of the number of gifts that they brought or because of the carol about them.  There may have been two or three or a dozen.  The truth is, we really don’t know.

They came from the east, probably Persia.  In the land of Persia, there are two groups of magi.  Either group would have at least known about the prophecies from the Old Testament about Jesus being born to a virgin in the town of Bethlehem.  This came from the time when Daniel and the Israelites were in captivity to Babylon.  One group would have been a group of pagan-worshiping Zoroastrianists.  Zoroaster was a Persian false god along with many others in Persian mythology.  This group also practiced astrology and magic, and possibly even divining with evil spirits.

The other group of Magi were the Eastern Magi mentioned by the historian Philo.  They did not worship Zoroaster, but may very well have worshipped the God of Israel.  At the least, they studied the ancient prophesies and scriptures from old, and had faith in them.  In fact, they had enough faith to heed the calling of the star of Bethlehem to go and “worship” him, as the Bible tells us in Matthew 2:11.  It would be inconceivable for God to tell us that they worshiped the Son of God and the King of Kings in order to honor Him and glorify Him if they worshipped other gods or practiced magic.

The wise men who came from the east were certainly well versed in the Bible, did not worship like, or who, the world worshipped.  In fact, their faith was so strong that it took them on a long, hard journey.  What an example of faith!

What is our faith like?  Is our understanding so deep that we would recognize it when God spoke to us, or revealed Himself to us?  If our faith so strong that we, like the Wise Men or Abraham, would go on a long journey to worship the King?

Maybe its high time we started wising up on the wise men…



  1. 1 Gary Sigman, Jr.
    December 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Robbie, this is wonderful. I sincerely appreciate your study and intrepretation of God’s word. It helps me understand the word more clearly.

    I hope you and Chrissana have a wonderful Christmas and to let you know we are praying for you.

    Gary Sigman, jr.

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