Twenty-second Day of Advent, 2013
But when they [the Magi] returned to their own land, they didn’t go through Jerusalem to report to Herod, for God had warned them in a dream to go home another way. (Matthew 2:12 TLB)
As astrologers, the Magi from the Fareast followed a star they perceived to shine for a newborn king. They had studied Jewish scriptures and knew of the teachings of a king who would come to lead the Israelites out of bondage. The Magi’s lack of understanding of prophecy lead them to the palace in Jerusalem. Where else would they find the heir to the throne?
They weren’t the only ones to misinterpret Scripture. King Herod, along with all of Jerusalem, was disturbed to hear the news of a new king’s birth. Yet, Herod sent the Magi 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” (Matthew 2:8).
Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ Second Advent.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks