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Bible Bites - The Magi

Bible Bites - The Magi

Why did the Magi see the Star when the Priests and Scribes did not?


The magi from the East likely knew about the Messiah from the prophet Daniel. So, they continued to study the Hebrew Scriptures and stayed alert watching for the signs of the times.


They likely studied Nehemiah 2 and Daniel 9 to get the timeline of when the Messiah would come to His people. They would have seen in Micah 5:2 that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.


So, as they studied Scripture and stayed alert, God gave them understanding. Then they responded in obedience and set out to find and worship Jesus, the Messiah.


But why didn’t the Jewish priests and scribes gain this same understanding? They would have known the Scriptures even better than the magi from the East.


But the priests and scribes were not staying alert and looking for the Messiah as the Scriptures foretold.


Scripture tells us to “be on the alert” in Matthew 24:42, 24:43, 25:13, Mark 13:33, 13:34, 13:35, 13:37, Luke 12:37, 21:36, Acts 20:31, 1 Corinthians 16:13, Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:6, and 1 Peter 5:8.


But the truth is just like the Jewish priests and scribes, we often study the Scriptures but don’t want to stay alert, looking for the Messiah even when the signs of the times around us not only match what the Scriptures foretold but are increasing like birth pangs.


Are you studying the Scriptures and watching the signs of the times to make yourself ready?


By: Jan Weihl, Living Word Ministries, 12.26.2021

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