Daniel & the Wise Men

Daniel and the Wise men at the manger – with God all things are possible.

I think that many of us know the historical biblical account of the three wise men coming from the east and worshipping Jesus and God and Lord with gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. That is told below in Matthew 2:1-12:

2Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” 3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet:
6‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah;
For out of you shall come forth a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”
7Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” 9After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

Did you know that God used Daniel to preserve the wise men in the 6th Century B.C., which ultimately allowed the visit of 3 wise men at Christ’s birth? The magi or (Chaldeans as they are called in Daniel chapter 2) were a priestly tribe within the Median nation in the eastern part of Mesopotamia. They were skilled in astrology and astronomy. The magi had an extensive knowledge of mathematics, history, and science and of course astronomy and astrology. They were among the most knowledgeable officials in the Babylonian Empire yet Nebuchadnezzar almost had them all executed.

2Now in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him. 2Then the king gave orders to call in the magicians, the conjurers, the sorcerers and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. 3The king said to them, “I had a dream and my spirit is anxious to understand the dream.” 4Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic: “O king, live forever! Tell the dream to your servants, and we will declare the interpretation.” 5The king replied to the Chaldeans, “The command from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you will be torn limb from limb and your houses will be made a rubbish heap. 6But if you declare the dream and its interpretation, you will receive from me gifts and a reward and great honor; therefore declare to me the dream and its interpretation.”

The Magi could not interpret the dream and when Daniel prayed to God, God intervened by allowing Daniel to interpret the dream. Nebuchadnezzar then promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts, and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. It is most likely that the Magi learned about God and prophecy concerning Jesus the Messiah from Daniel. Many Jews remained in Babylon even after the return to Israel and the magi would also have learned from them about scripture.

God guided the wise men from the East that journeyed to see Jesus with a star, but centuries before God used Daniel to save the priestly tribe so they too would seek the savior of the world and worship Him.
Matthew 19:26….but with God all things are possible.”

May we never stop seeking to know Jesus.

Matt Schneider

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