Monday, December 14, 2009

The Wise Men...revisited...

Last year, I posted some thoughts on the Bethlehem Star...and I still think I'm odd in my belief that something can be supernatural and scientific. I guess that comes from believing in the Creator and His marvelous abilities! I can see that it would be easy to spend too much time on trivialities...how the star worked, what the star was, etc. but sometimes speculation is just plain cool. God is greater than anything discovered or imagined...so it had to be neat, right? God used the entire universe to make His son known. He still does...

Yesterday, our pastor brought up some interesting thoughts to my mind. As you recall...last year I wondered about the odd gifts. You remember the dynamic trio...gold, frankincense, and myrrh. I realized yesterday that I'd been dwelling on the physical objects themselves...and not the worship in giving.

Acts 17:25, "nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;"...indeed, it would be a great dishonor to give our God and King something as if we saw him as having need!

Duet. 10:17, ""For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe."
...it's definitely not a bribe for their kingdoms blessings...

Instead, the wise men had traveled really far...bowed down...and gave gifts...not for reward...but because they longed to please God and worship Him alone! Giving to God something you could use says, "God, YOU are my desire...not these physical things." I don't know about you...but that sure touches my heart during this time of year.

2 comments:

e-Mom said...

Nice! Things smell a lot like coffee around here...

This beautiful thought is so uplifting:
"Instead, the wise men had traveled really far...bowed down...and gave gifts...not for reward...but because they longed to please God and worship Him alone!"

Some scholars think the gifts financed Mary and Joseph's later flight to Egypt.

In case you're interested, there's also prophetic symbolism to the gifts. Take a look here if you have time.

Karen said...

Amen...enjoyed this...