Tag Archive | Magi

V is for Vague

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.” (Matthew 2:1-2)

Learn from the Magi

Learn from the Magi

Although learned astrologers of the day, the Magi who followed the star from the east to Jerusalem had a vague understanding of the one whom they sought. Knowing the star represented someone of great importance, they expected to find him in the king’s palace born of royalty. Instead, they found him in a common house born of a lowly young woman. (Read about the Magi in Matthew 2:1-12.)

Like the wise men, people still have a vague understanding of who Jesus is and where to find Him. He is no longer the babe in a manager. He’s the resurrected Lord, victorious of sin, death, and hell. He’s our soon coming King to whom every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is LORD of lords and KING of kings.

How about you? What reminds your of Jesus that begins with the letter V?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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We Three Kings

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)

Learn from the Magi

Learn from the Magi

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).

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Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ Second Advent.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

One King

Seventeenth Day of Advent, 2013

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem… . 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. (Matthew 2:1, 11 NIV)

Dawning of a Brand New Day

Dawning of a Brand New Day

We’re all acquainted with the gifts of the Magi. But do we know where they come from, what they’re used for, and what they symbolize?

Frankincense derives from a milky white resin extracted from species of the genus Boswellia, which thrive in arid, cool areas of the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and India.

Myrrh is a reddish resin that comes from species of the genus Commiphora, which are native to northeast Africa and the adjacent areas of the Arabian Peninsula.

Uses:

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Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ Second Advent.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Reverence the King of kings

Advent 2012 Day 16

On coming to the house, they [the Magi] 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. (Matthew 2:11 NIV)

Learn from the Magi

Learn from the Magi

The Magi recognized a new, significant star; and convinced that it denoted the birth of a king, they followed it to Jerusalem and eventually to Bethlehem. These wise men realized the importance of paying homage to the king—any king. They had no way of knowing that the child before whom they knelt was the King of kings. Nevertheless, they revered Him. They brought expensive gifts as tokens of their admiration, respect, and fear.

We would do well to imitate their attitudes and actions. Read More