MUSINGS – December 21, 2018


Matthew 2:1-8
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea when Herod was king. After Jesus’ birth wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the one who was born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star rising and have come to worship him.” When King Herod and all Jerusalem heard about this, they became disturbed. He called together all the chief priests and scribes and tried to find out from them where the Messiah was supposed to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem in Judea. The prophet wrote about this: Bethlehem in the land of Judah, you are by no means least among the leaders of Judah. A leader will come from you. He will shepherd my people Israel.” Then Herod secretly called the wise men and found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. As he sent them to Bethlehem, he said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you have found him, report to me so that I may go and worship him too.”

Here is the scriptures that the priests quoted, Micah 5:2
You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, are too small to be included among Judah’s cities. Yet, from you Israel’s future ruler will come for me. His origins go back to the distant past, to days long ago.”

The future ruler from the distant past. Other translations read, from the beginning. These priests and scribes knew the scripture but it’s meaning escaped them. God in Christ has always been their King. Just because they refused to believe it follow him didn’t make it less true.

The world still has those who refuse to believe or refuse to follow but that doesn’t make him any less there King. However, wise men still search for and find him who was born King of the Jews … and all the world.

Isaiah 45:20-23
Come here, you refugees from the nations. Ignorant people carry wooden idols and pray to gods that cannot save anyone. Speak and present your case. Yes, let them consult one another. Who revealed this in the distant past and predicted it long ago? Wasn’t it I, the LORD? There is no other God except me. There is no other righteous God and Savior besides me. Turn to me and be saved, all who live at the ends of the earth, because I am God, and there is no other. I have bound myself with an oath. A word has gone out from my righteous mouth that will not be recalled, “Every knee will bow to me and every tongue will swear allegiance.”

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