”Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-12
History tells us that after Jesus was born, wise men came to look for Him, probably from an area that is now in Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia or Yemen. Although they are often called the ‘Three Kings’, the Bible does not directly say that they were kings or that there were three of them. Three men is only an educated guess because of the three gifts brought to Jesus.
We do know however, that they were unquestionably men of learning. The word Magi comes from the Greek word ‘magos’. Magos comes from the Persian word ‘Magupati,’ which was the title given to priests in a sect of the ancient Persian religions. Today we’d call them astronomers.
With that said, the Magi would have followed the patterns of the stars meticulously. As mentioned in the Bible, the men saw an unusual new star in the sky, and knew that it told of the birth of a very special king. There are also indicators that they were probably wealthy and held in high esteem within their society (and by people all over the world). Pretty interesting!
Now that we’ve covered the three wise men, what does the Bible say about WISDOM and how do we become wise men and women?
In summary, the Bible tells us to…
1.) FEAR GOD: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
2.) ASK FOR IT: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
3.) HANG OUT WITH WISE PEOPLE: “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20
Recommended Reading: Proverbs 4