Did Three Wise Men Really Visit Baby Jesus?
Were there really three kings, or wise men, who came to worship Jesus while he was in the manger?
- 'maters GrannyLv 710 years agoFavourite answer
After Jesus had been born in Beth′le‧hem of Ju‧de′a in the days of Herod the king, look! astrologers from eastern parts came to Jerusalem, 2 saying: “Where is the one born king of the Jews? For we saw his star [when we were] in the east, and we have come to do him obeisance.” 3 At hearing this King Herod was agitated, and all Jerusalem along with him; 4 and on gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people he began to inquire of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They said to him: “In Beth′le‧hem of Ju‧de′a; for this is how it has been written through the prophet, 6 ‘And you, O Beth′le‧hem of the land of Judah, are by no means the most insignificant [city] among the governors of Judah; for out of you will come forth a governing one, who will shepherd my people, Israel.’”
7 Then Herod secretly summoned the astrologers and carefully ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearing; 8 and, when sending them to Beth′le‧hem, he said: “Go make a careful search for the young child, and when YOU have found it report back to me, that I too may go and do it obeisance.” 9 When they had heard the king, they went their way; and, look! the star they had seen [when they were] in the east went ahead of them, until it came to a stop above where the young child was. 10 On seeing the star they rejoiced very much indeed. 11 And when they went into the house they saw the young child with Mary its mother, and, falling down, they did obeisance to it. They also opened their treasures and presented it with gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 However, because they were given divine warning in a dream not to return to Herod, they withdrew to their country by another way.
He was a toddler when they found him. The number of wisemen was unknown
- cheap_papa3000Lv 510 years ago
The scriptures do not elaborate as to how many kings, shepherds, astrologers known as wise men
came to observe the Christ child. It only states the that three types of gifts were presented by
them. They offered their gifts from their treasures; they offered gold and frankincense and myrrh...
myrrh being a very costly and expensive perfume oil. The next misconception is that the wise men
or astrologers who sought Jesus being led by a star did not come to Jesus while he was in the
manger in the stable but by the time they found Jesus he was almost two years old; the scripture
at Matthew 2; 11 states; " and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother."
Note that the scripture did not refer to him as an infant but a "child"; also that they entered into
the "house" that Mary and Joseph now had moved into. They were not in the stable where the
nearby shepherds of the fields found them on the night of his birth.
- Annsan_In_HimLv 710 years ago
There was a group of men from Persia who were worldly-wise in the study of the stars, who found Jesus some time after He was born in Bethlehem, at least 8 days after because Jesus was presented for circumcision in Jerusalem's temple. Because three specific gifts of gold, myrrh and frankinsense were presented, this has led to the unwarranted idea that there were three men. The 'wise' bit comes from the fact that they were well educated, in fact they were the Ambassadors of their day - highly respected and looked to for understanding. They were in the same category as the wise men of ancient Babylon, Daniel and his three friends being trained in their knowledge and understanding hundreds of years before Jesus was born. The Magi who discovered Jesus were in that same tradition.
Matthew chapter 2 shows the Magi were so convinced a new king had been born in Israel that they took months to travel 500 miles in search. How did they know this would happen? What led them to undertake such an immense journey? Prof. of Astronomy, David Hughes, University of Sheffield, England, has researched the triple conjunction in 7BC and gives that as the explanation of the ‘star’ of Bethlehem. In May 7BC the first of three conjunctions that year of Jupiter & Saturn was seen. It was an extraordinary event. The 2 planets appeared to come together then to travel backwards and to stop moving on some days. Its rare for 2 planets to do that simultaneously.
After seeing the first event in May, astrologers could calculate mathematically when the next two conjunctions would happen. The 2nd was due in September, the 3rd in November. One of the planets (stars to them) represented a new king. The other represented the old king. Coming together, this showed a change of ruler. Happening in the constellation of Pisces meant Israel. That's what Zoroastrians believe. They'd been charting the stars from as far back as 1600BC. They also believed that a Messiah would descend from heaven to establish God's kingdom on earth.
So, by September, the Magi were in Jerusalem. They were the Diplomats of the day, representing their king and country. It was the equivalent of a State visit by high ranking dignitaries. No way could they by-pass Herod once they were in his territory! What's more, the second conjunction only indicated Jerusalem. They needed more specific info. So they enquired at Herod’s palace, which was risky as Herod would be none too pleased at the idea of his ‘star’ being eclipsed! Matthew tells us this event had all Jerusalem in a commotion. Herod asked the chief priests and lawyers where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written” (Micah 5:2).
Now, pause to think: without knowing the Hebrew scriptures, those Magi had more faith in this belief that a new king was to be born in Israel than the Scribes and Pharisees had! Despite their knowledge of the scriptures, the S& Ps had made no search, nor did they bother to follow the Magi who then went to Bethlehem. And, right on cue, the third of the triple conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter took place, over the house (not 'stable') in Bethlehem where Jesus was! As Joseph was warned by an angel to immediately flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus, before Herod could find them, it's clear that the Magi's angelic warning and Joseph's coincided. It wasn't until Joseph and his family returned from Egypt much later on that we first hear of Nazareth being their home.
The Magi had no ill will against Christ. They came with gifts fit for a king. Overjoyed, they did obeisance to Him. It was only evil Herod who hated Christ! And so an angel spoke to the Magi in a dream, warning them not to go back to Herod. Now, it was extremely dangerous to thwart this maniac. If Herod caught up with them, they would be mince-meat. Yet the Magi and their considerable entourage immediately obeyed God and returned a different way, outwitting Herod. The Magi had no part at all in what followed. But the S&Ps bear bloodguilt for not standing up to Herod, and for not welcoming the Messiah. All of this was a sign and a wonder to them but they chose to ignore it, unlike the Magi who DID pay attention and who responded fittingly.
How often in scripture has God used non-believers – pagans, even – to carry out His will? How often have Jewish believers been shamed by the greater faith of Gentiles? God uses whosoever He wills to carry out His will. Pagans who obey God are blessed and stand as an example to us. The Magi obeyed God, who had prophesied the murder of the innocent babies in the area centuries earlier. This fulfilled prophecy. The Magi were, at all times, under the sovereign control of the heavenly Father of the helpless infant, Jesus.
- florinaLv 610 years ago
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- 10 years ago
I thought they were lost in the desert and just followed the brightest star!
- Anonymous10 years ago
That whole story is a load of bullsh*t.
- Robert AbuseLv 710 years ago
No, it is just a story, it isn`t real at all.