Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Wise Men from the East

.... Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem:

.... "The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising."

(Isaiah 60:3 - 712 B.C.)

.... And they came before Herod saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."

.... "I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel . . ."

(Numbers 24:17 - 1423 B.C.)

.... And when Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him (Matthew 2:1-3). And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Messiah, the Christ, would be born:

.... "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,‘ Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us’."

(Psalm 2:2-3 - 1014 B.C.)

.... Quoting from the prophet Micah, the chief priests and scribes told him that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. So Herod secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star had appeared, and sent them under a pretense, saying: "Go and search diligently for the young Child; and when you have found Him, bring back word to me that I may come and worship Him also." (Matthew 2:4-8). But his real intention was to slay Him:

.... "I have been afflicted and ready to die from My youth up."

(Psalm 88:15 - 961 B.C.)

.... When the wise men heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
.... And coming into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:10-11) .

.... "The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will bring presents; the kings of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts. Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him. And He shall live; and the gold of Sheba will be given to Him; prayer also will be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised."

(Psalm 72:10-15 - 985 B.C.)

.... ". . . the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. The multitude of camels shall cover your land, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall proclaim the praises of the LORD."

(Isaiah 60:5-6 - 712 B.C.)

.... Afterward, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, the wise men departed for their own country another way. And when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him."
.... When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son." (Matthew 2:12-15)

.... "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My Son."

(Hosea 11:1 - 723 B.C,)

.... "His king shall be higher than Agag, and His kingdom shall be exalted. God brings Him out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox; He shall consume the nations, His enemies; He shall break their bones and pierce them with His arrows."

(Numbers 24:7-8 - 1423 B.C.)