Matthew 2:1-12

Matthew 2

The Magi Visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

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

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child.  As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

I think that the coolest part of this part of scripture is when Herod says, “as soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”  There is a lot that we can pull from this one sentence.  Yes, Herod did have ulterior motives in this.

Are you searching for Him?  Are you doing everything in your power and using up all of your resources to find Him?  This coincides with my previous post, “Irreplaceable Opportunities.”  Are we truly seeking out the Lord?  Sometimes we need to stop and reflect on what we are making a priority in our lives.

As soon as Herod hears that Jesus was born, he completely focuses on finding Him.  That was all that was important to Herod at the time.  I challenge us all to be Herod today.  Not in the sense that you want to kill Jesus, but that you earnestly want to seek out the Lord.


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