Word for the day “The Magi”

Today message comes with Bible Trivia and answers we need to know about this Christ-Mas and Advent season- Who were the Magi and how many of them do we Christians believe recognized the Star in Bethlehem? Read and be empowered by God’s word in the Gospel of Matthew…

Consequently, there is no need to imagine that the Matthean account of these Magi following a star to Bethlehem is simply a nice story for children. On the contrary, the appearance of an extraordinary star over Persia would have most certainly aroused the curiosity of some Persian Magi, of that time, interpreting it as a message from Heaven announcing the birth of a divinely appointed King.

What do we know specifically about the Magi whom St Matthew describes? To begin with it would seem that they were regarded as men of aristocratic rank even in Jerusalem. This is evidenced by the fact that they had instant access to King Herod’s court. Their gifts also suggest that they were men of some wealth. How did they travel to Judeah from Persia? Because the journey would have taken them across desert regions, it seems most feasible that they employed camels for their journey. How many Magi came to worship Jesus? Matthew does not give us an exact number when you read scripture, he simply speaks of Magi in the plural.

Point to Ponder: However based on the number of gifts offered to Jesus, Three, it is traditionally considered that their number corresponded to the  gifts in this case “Three Gifts”:“.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). In addition note in the (NIV) these men are called Magi and in the (KJV) they are called Wise men. Enjoy this season of “Advent” leading up to Christ-Mas!

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