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#16 A Star for the Magi

God is always looking for people in every nation whose hearts are in synch with His. Such men were the magi of the East who studied the stars with a desire to know their Creator.

They knew from tradition that a Messiah was coming who would fill the world with a knowledge of God. With excitement they discovered the Hebrew prophecies pointing to their time.

Then one night three of them see an explosion of light in the far sky that seems to leave a new star. They knew it wasn’t anything fixed or familiar. And the conviction that it is special begans to grow. Had they seen it for a reason? They wonder.

Their delight explodes as they read Balaam’s prophecy of a star rising in Israel,* and that night dream they are supposed to follow it!

Quickly they prepare and leave. Traveling at night, towards the star, their conviction of guidance deepens.

So imagine their surprise when they arrive in Jerusalem to ignorance of the Messiah’s birth!

Where are the guards they expected to contend with? Why are there no celebrations? How can they be the only ones to know? The more they ask, the more mystified they become.

Could we have been wrong in our calculations? They ask themselves. No one, not even among the religious leaders of this king’s own country, seems to know anything about his birth! How can this be?

They greatfully sleep for a few hours before being called by Herod.

Matthew 2:1-2,  * Numbers 24:17

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