Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Star of Wonder Star of FRIGHT
Wise Men Worship the Young Child
6th is the commemoration of Epiphany which is the twelfth day after
it is a celebration of Light and we are reminded of the bright star of wonder
that shone and declared where the Christ Child was to be.
from Pastor Jerry’s sermon on Sunday, he gave us some interesting facts about
following the Star.The shepherds ran to
follow the star after the message from the angels.They found the babe in a manger and
worshipped him there.
2:1-12 relates the story of the wise men from the East who studied the stars
and traveled perhaps 1000 miles probably on camels because they had seen his
star in the east.We assume there were
three, because they brought three gifts, but there could have been many more
men were priests of their religion and they believed each child at birth
received a guiding light to carry them through their life.Light was a part of their faith.
journey brought them to Jerusalem
where they inquired, “Where is he that has been born King of the Jews?”King Herod heard about these wise men and
their request, and he was greatly troubled and frightened, and summoned all his
scribes and priests to search the scriptures.They read from the prophet Micah and from Isaiah where Bethlehem was to be the place of his
pretended that he was interested in worshiping the new born king and asked the
wise men to let him know when they had found the child.
wise men continued to search and were overjoyed when they found the “young
child in the house.”By now Jesus might
have been two years old, and he was no longer in the stable.
wise men were divinely warned in a dream to return home by a different route as
Herod was determining evil and wanted to harm the young child.
was frightened by the message of the wondrous star and in his hopes to destroy
the newborn king; he issued a decree that all the Jewish male children two
years old and younger were to be murdered.
angel warned Mary and Joseph and they took the young child and fled to Egypt until the
wicked Herod was dead and another ruled in his place.
wise men were foreigners, Gentiles and diligent in their study of astrology. As they were busy studying, God had shown them
the Star and they acted with abandonment to begin their search.All seemed a mystery until it was revealed to
them to follow the star of Wonder and finally find the Christ.
Jesus Christ is not just for the Jew, but Gentiles may also come to worship him.