Week of January 6 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Matthew 2:11

And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Day 1 Read: Matthew 2:1-2

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.”

Reflect: What do you think motivated the wise men to journey so far from home to investigate another religion’s Messiah?

Consider: The phrase “wise men” in this passage comes from the Greek word magos. That is why some English translations refer to the wise men as magi. It’s the same word used in the Septuagint, the Greek Old Testament, in Daniel 2:2, when the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar gathered men skilled in religious and magical arts to interpret his strange dreams. Although we know little about the wise men in Matthew 2, we can assume based on their profession that they weren’t Jews. But because of their knowledge of the Old Testament prophecies and their interest in the star, they sought out the newborn Messiah.

Respond: How are the wise men another example of God revealing His truth to unlikely people? In drawing the wise men to Christ, what did God reveal about His plan for the Gentiles?