Why were the wise men wise?

Why were the wise men wise?

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 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. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. Matthew 2:1-12 ESV



    1. They sought to find Jesus, Matthew 2:1-2
      1. They traveled at personal cost and danger desiring to find Jesus
        • Bible commands us to “seek the Lord…”, Isaiah 55:6
      2. God has revealed Himself to all mankind
        1. In nature, Romans 1:19-20
        2. Bible—God’s word
        3. Christ—the Living Word
        • We have been given every possibility to know God. Don’t neglect His invitation to know Him personally.
          Hebrews 2:3, “How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”


  1. They found Him, Matthew 2:9-10
    1. The nearest are sometimes the furthest—Herod and Priests
      • We have been given the greatest opportunity to find Christ as Lord and Savior
    2. Herod and the leaders faced with a decision
      • Will you choose Him? By simply doing nothing we are rejecting Him
  2. They worshiped Him, Matthew 2:11
    The gifts were symbolic:

    1. Gold—a King, Isaiah 60:6
    2. Frankincense (oil perfume)—sacrifice on the Cross
    3. Myrrh (gum)—embalming Christ buried and rose again

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