At times we are befuddled by supposed ‘well wishers’; the questions flow – where, how, why, how much… I will state it plainly – “Do NOT be hasty to answer!”
“Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.”
“Where does she/he get this stuff? I thought I was well read!”
God tells us in His Word that the tongue has incredible power. We can use our tongue to bring blessings and life or curses AND death (perplexing? Huh!) Mull this over – lies, jealousy, even rumors! Watch your tongue!. The saying “sticks and stones can break bones but words will never hurt me” is simply not true!
Our tongues can be the most difficult thing to control and leave us with great regret if we use our words to hurt. There is hope! The Bible tells us that with the help of the Holy Spirit we can have power and control over our tongue. Read the below Bible verses about the tongue and be encouraged to start speaking words of life and healing today!
Where are we going with this? SO many ways!
BUT, we will stay strictly on topic!
We can say we have The Spirit. You DO NOT have to speak in tongues – THAT is a gift.
The Bible teaches that speaking in tongues is a spiritual gift which means that. it is the Holy Spirit who distributes. The gifts are given to each believer as He sees fit. We can see MANY gifts: the gift of healing or miracles or the gift of pastoring.
We said we would stay strictly on point. We may not have such a Rich and blessed gift is some three men and their caravans had ‘rushed’ into decision.
Mind you, we see so many verses about being led by The Spirit!
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
And before we say it is a ‘new thing’; The Spirit spoke with individuals well before (eons before) Jesus came to save us all: as in Jesus’ words “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name (why we use The name of Jesus; An Essenceof God is always with us), will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
We are getting to the point. There were “wise men.” Knowledgable, known for their words and opinions.
The biblical Magi (/ˈmædʒaɪ/ or /ˈmeɪdʒaɪ/; singular: magus), also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men or (Three) Kings, were, in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition, a group of distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after His birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity celebrations of Christmas and are an important part of Christian tradition.
Matthew is the only of the four canonical gospels to mention the Magi. Matthew reports that they came “from the east” to worship the “king of the Jews”. The gospel never mentions the number of Magi, but most western Christian denominations have traditionally assumed them to have been three in number, based on the statement that they brought three gifts. In Eastern Christianity, especially the Syriac churches, the Magi often number twelve. Their identification as kings in later Christian writings is probably linked to Psalm 72:11, “May all kings fall down before Him.”
If we remember, another disciple who was sentenced to death definitely did not consider himself worthy to be hung on a cross in the way Jesus was:
According to Christian tradition, Peter was crucified in Rome under Emperor Nero. It is traditionally held that he was crucified upside down at his own request, since he saw himself unworthy to be crucified in the same way as Jesus.
Right back to our main share:
They (the wise men were led by The Spirit to follow a ‘sign’ to see where The gift – a King of the Jews would be.) This has so much validity, Jesus at crucifixion had the exact words inscribed above Him! Comedy? Or a message! Here hangs your King. We can definitely mull this deeply. There are many ways to ponder its reason and meaning; for example if you say anything as such, the same torture that This Man went through will be your lot too.
The initialism INRI (Latin: Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum) represents the Latininscription (in John 19:19), which in English translates to “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews”, and John 19:20 states that this was written in three languages—Hebrew, Latin, and Greek—during the crucifixion of Jesus
And Herod sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also.
The wise men were led (by The Spirit) to return home a different way.
” And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”
I must note that perhaps (most likely!) They stayed the night! In all accounts they were led by a star! It is difficult to say that it was shining by day. The other possibility was that while with Herod or before to whom dreamed, he shared it. But awesome to gather this information. Before Jesus birth, there was NO room in the inns, so He had to be born in a manger! The lowest of low! We do not want to think of it, but sung, faces, smell, waste…greeted Him AND His parents secondary to the onset of labor.
ALL was known ahead of ‘time’ the date, place and hour of His birth. Think on this which has sodden by the minds/conciousness of most! The star the wise men followed for a period was seen long before the birth of Jesus! That bears a significant load of importance! Following their guidance they arrived NOT in Mary’s throes of Delivery but afterward when they presented their gifts!
In addition “while shepherds watched their flocks by night the angel of The LORD came down and glory shone around!”
We are so used to the song written by
Richard Storrs Willis, 1850
Nahum Tate, 1702
“While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.
“Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind;
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.
“To you, in David’s town, this day
Is born of David’s line,
The Savior, who is Christ the Lord;
And this shall be the sign:
“The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid.”
Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God, who thus
Addressed their joyful song:
“All glory be to God on high
And on the earth be peace;
Good will henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease.”
From where is his derived?
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified,but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished,
Luke 2:8 -18
We miss so often! That the shepherds saw Mary with the infant! kings first, shepherds next? Wow!