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(Three?) Wise Men
Gerarld EGBE     [email]    ( Cameroon ) 2018-12-20     Views : 145     Touched : 46
Good morning, brothers and sisters! I greet this Christmas from my hometown in the tropic with cautious spiritual optimism. Yesterday was Christmas Eve and colloquially you hear of non-believers and believers alike talk of "the three wise men." That took me aback to reading the account of the Gospel of Matthew in Matthew 2:1-12, in order to underscore the point where 'three wise men' is mentioned in the Scriptures.

Verses 1-12, "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 have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”

Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come 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.

Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way."

However, I could only come across "wise men" without their numeric specification of 'three' so far. Thence you would be right to correct the mistake of these believers and unbelievers and not to assert the fact that they're "three wise men" because the Bible does not say three men. That's my SOS plea. I wish you a merry Christmas.


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