Star of Wonder (and I ain’t talking about Stevie)

That way to the Nativity Scene!

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,2 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.”

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

Matthew 2:1-2; 11 NKJV

How was it that wise men from the East were more understanding of the time at hand than those who claimed to be the true people of God? Here is a story that basically tells us that three “pagans” (for lack of a better term) knew more about what God was doing in the world than the God’s people.  How can this be? I think the answer is a simple one; it is easy to get caught up in the things of God and not be in tune with God.  It is easy to get caught up into religion. It is easy to get caught up in the rules and regulations.  It is easy to set up catechisms and defy them.  It is easy to set bureaucratic non-sense and call it god’s business.  The only thing is God never calls anyone to be religious! God calls us to Himself to find true spiritual fulfillment.  Those in the story knew about God and did their religious duty, but they did not were spiritually deaf and dumb.

This revelation of God was heralded by three outsiders (isn’t this usually where a real move of God starts—-with outsiders)?  These wise men were not part of the establishment.  They did not have to wrestle with traditions.  They did not see God in a confining box.  God spoke something into their spirit’s and they simply responded. Imagine that: God spoke to people religious people say He doesn’t speak to.  I guess that’s one of those things that makes you say  “hmmmmm.”  This is another illustration of how God refuses to be confined to the boxes religious people put Him in.

The Jewish spiritual leaders probably saw the same star as the wise men did.  But, they discounted it. I can imagine them standing there and saying to one another; “yeah, that is a very bright star and It probably means something. But I have some ceremonial washings to do.” And they moved on to do religious stuff and forgot about the star.

The bible says that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4.4). The thing I find interesting about that passage is the word “proceeds” (present tense).  I take this to mean that God is not silent.  I do not believe that God has nothing more to say. Rather, I hold  to the belief that God is continually speaking. I believe that God has more to reveal to us.  The whole notion that god has said all that He is going to say and has nothing more to enlightenment for us, is absurd!  Do you really believe that we know all there is to know about God?  Do you really think that we possess all of the truth of God?  To me, that sounds like people who have been taking crazy pills!  As this story illustrates, there is always more God wants to show us.  The star is shining.  Will you follow??

God bless,


PS…Where does it say that there were only three?


~ by on December 12, 2011.

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