The Example of the Magi

ritw_logo_WPIt has been said that wisdom is the proper application of knowledge. I suppose in a generic sense that could be true, if we knew the basis for “proper”. Solomon is considered the wisest man who ever was but if you study his life you will note that he was influenced by his wives to introduce idolatry into the lives of God’s children.  While this doesn’t bring about the picture of wisdom, we can see a picture of wisdom in Matthew chapter two, with the actions of the Magi.

In the text of this story we see four distinct activities that demonstrate wisdom, both for them and for those who would follow their example. The Magi were from the east, probably from what is now known as Iran and the first thing they did was to come. Too many believe that we need only sit still and eventually God will find us. This is not true! There are many indicators in scripture that show the need for man to “come to God.” The next thing we see them doing is worship. They realized that they were in the presence of Greatness and responded accordingly. Those who would come to God will naturally do the same.

Another of their responses was to give gifts. We have received much if we are God’s children and will probably desire to share that which we have received. Whether it be the Gospel message of salvation or helping to meet the physical needs of our neighbors, we will be wise to be a giving people. Scriptures teach to give and it will be given you, and the same standard by which you give shall be used in return to you. (Luke 6:38)

Last, and certainly not least we see the Magi listening to God. When warned not to return to Herod, they heeded God. We are wise if we will heed Him as well. David said “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11). Our hearts dictate who and what we are, and if we hide God’s word there we can “listen” to it and heed it in our every day lives. The Magi are known as the Wise Men. Won’t you imitate their wisdom in your life by doing as they did? Be wise and come, worship, give and listen to God.

Copyright © 2002, Nolan P. Rutter

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