Wise Men Search for Christ- Matthew 2.1

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem…”

Wise Men from the East

A star rose from the east. Certain wise men saw it as a sign that the King of the Jews had just been born. It led them to search for the newborn infant so that they could worship Him.

Who and what these wise men from the east were? According to Lexicon concordance, the phrase wise men comes from the Greek word (μαγος pl. μαγοι) magos {mag’-os} – a magus and it gives three Biblical usages:

1.         It is a name given by the Babylonians (Chaldeans), Medes, Persians, and others, to the wise men, teachers, priests, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, augers, soothsayers, sorcerers etc.

In the Book of Jeremiah, chapter 39 verses 3 and 13, we can read the word “Rab Mag” or “chief magus” to the head of the magi, Nergal Sharezar. He seemed to be a prominent official of Babylon.

2.         The oriental wise men (astrologers) who, having discovered by the rising of the remarkable star that the Messiah had just been born, came to Jerusalem to worship Him;

3.         a false prophet and sorcerer.

New Testament writers used the Greek word magus only in three instances. The first was by Matthew in chapter two. The two other instances were by Paul in the book of Acts (KJV). He used the word to describe Simon, the sorcerer (Acts 8:9, 11) and of Elymas, the sorcerer (Acts 13:6). The Scripture does not use it in any other sense.

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