SISTER MARIAN’S WEB-
SEASONAL MEDITATION 2
About that time some wise men from eastern lands
arrived in Jerusalem, asking,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?”
Matthew 2: 1b – 2a
Wise men? Yes; in the Bible there is nothing to say they were kings. But then it doesn’t say they weren’t either. Perhaps they were both?
Who then were they?
In those days I am informed there was a growing popularity of interest in the occult and in what we call, ‘the Mystery Religions’ which drew their inspiration from Egypt. Their priests were often soothsayers who practised sorcery and sought information from supernatural beings about the destiny of individuals and nations. Some also claimed to be able to able to pronounce curses and blessings.
All forms were forbidden in Israel. But there were some Jews who practised the magic arts. In the book of Acts we read about one named Elymas.
These ‘wise men’ may well have been what we today call astrologers who claim to be able to gain information by studying the stars. They probably came from Persia, (Modern day Iran).
Theologians have suggested that the significance of their visit to Bethlehem and their worship of the child, symbolized the spiritual and supernatural forces in the world coming to pay homage to Jesus in whom they recognised a power far greater than themselves.
If this was the case this is one of the first signs of the ‘Light of the Christ’ already bringing hope of conquest over all the evil forces at work in the world.
Is there something here warning us to be careful about how seriously we take, the practise of Astrology today? It may be comforting to know that when ‘our stars’ tell us in the morning paper that we are in for a bad time, Jesus is far greater and stronger than they are. Put our trust in Him instead!