Matthew 2:9-12 After they (the wise men from the east) had heard the king, they started out. The star they had seen rising led them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They were overwhelmed with joy to see the star. When they entered the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary. So they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they left for their country by another road.
When the wise men visited King Herod of Judea and said that they were seeking the King of the Jews, Herod wasn’t happy. He was man jealous of his power. So much so that Herod murdered his wife Mariamne, her two sons, her brother, her grandfather, and her mother because he suspected that they were plotting against him.
Then men from the east came seeking a new King. He told the wise men to find this new King and report back to him so that he might go and worship him.
They were not fooled and followed the warning from God not to return to Herod.Prayer Lord, let us hear your voice so that we also may be truly wise. We hear so much from the mouths off powerful people, claiming to want the best for us. Not all are being honest. Give us discernment. Amen.
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