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Know God in a Year #16 The Star for the Magi

One night three students of the stars see an explosion of light in the far sky that seems to leave a new star. They know it isn’t anything fixed or familiar. And the conviction that it is special begins to grow. Have we seen it for a reason? They wonder.

God is always looking for people in every nation whose hearts are in synch with His. Such are the Magi of the East who study the stars with a desire to know their Creator. They are wealthy, educated men of character.

They know from tradition that a Messiah is coming who will fill the world with a knowledge of God. With excitement they discover the Hebrew prophecies pointing to their time. 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 we expected to contend with? Why are there no celebrations? How can we 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?

Gratefully they sleep for a few hours before Herod calls them.

Matthew 2:1-2,  * Numbers 24:17

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