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What made the Wise Men wise?


I have often pondered the Wise Men and their role in the first Christmas. They came from far away, were gentiles, and possessed apparent wealth. The word Magi comes from a root that is most times translated magician, astronomer, or astrologer. This root could also mean magnificent, renowned, and/or super important (mega).

We are not told the number of men. They were not likely to have been kings but they had some amount of wealth due to the prolonged journey to find the Christchild and the value of the gifts they presented.

How could they have known about the birth of Christ? Apparently they began following the star (which led them to the location of Christ) without knowing exactly where it would lead? It could have been that once they got close to Jerusalem, they heard the talk of how angels appeared to the shepherds and told them about God’s son being born. We do not know for sure. Could they have known about Isaiah’s prophecy about Immanuel?  If they did, they would have been exceedingly glad about seeing the child.

We will not know all of the details of the Wise Men on this side fo Glory. We do know why they are considered wise, however. Because they sought after Christ and worshipped Him! Now that was wise indeed.

Have a most blessed and celebratory Christmas and a wonderful New Year from the Truthinator!

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Posted by on December 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 9:22-43 part 1


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Daily Truth Bible Study  Acts 9:22-43   Let us continue to follow what God is doing in the Church during its formation. How does this compare with what is happening in the “church” today?

Verse 22 tells us that Saul/Paul confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus proving that Jesus is the Christ. Now we know that it was not the lesser of the Jews he was confounding because, in every other situation we have seen, the leadership of the Jews is always out in front of the confrontation. It was true in the very beginning. The Jews who were leading the battle against Jesus were the leadership and that continued. So do not think that Saul/Paul was sneaking around and talking to the lowest level of Jew only. He was confounding the leadership and proving that Jesus was indeed who He had said He was.

How did Saul/Paul do this? I would say that he did it the same way he continued to do it throughout his ministry. He taught that Jesus is the Son of God who died, rose, and ascended to be with the Father. He taught that there is salvation in no other name except Jesus. This is the same message Paul taught throughout his ministry. The power of God was also involved without question. God’s power was at work to accomplish His purpose. Saul/Paul was only as able as God made him to be.

Now, I would like to combat the thought popular today that “since modern people do not want to hear about doctrine, we need to be relevant to them and meet them where they live”. This type of thinking is bankrupt. It implies that God and His word is not relevant unless man gives it the right to be. This is an abomination! God is Holy, Holy, Holy. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-encompassing. He determines what is relevant.

The “relevance to the world” crowd are working from the belief that man is sovereign in determining whether or not he will accept God. They may not admit it but it is true. Why else would a person think it necessary to the relevant to a group in order to tell the group what it needs to hear? They are trying to get the group’s approval or buy-in.

We have already covered the fact that God is sovereign and determines those who will be saved and is justified in doing so. God predetermines and calls those who will be saved unto Himself. This is why God is always relevant. People need to hear the truth so the elect will come to God in repentance (which is a sign they are the elect). 

Saul/Paul could talk the talk and reason with the educated. He was a well-educated pharisee before his conversion. If he had wanted, he could have argued Jewish beliefs all day long. As an educated man, he could have also argued Roman politics and world events. He did not do this however. He preached Christ alone as the savior of the world.

Next, look at verse 23. After many days, the Jews plotted to kill him. Here we go again. Not much has changed. The Jews realized they were in trouble of loosing their hold over the people. Saul/Paul’s message threatened to undo their religious system. Their hardened hearts were not capable of repenting (apparently) and thus they planned to kill the messenger so as to remove the problem.

Wow, what a religion! They could not win the argument with facts and they did not apparently have a great deal of faith in their religion so they plotted to kill Saul/Paul to quiet him.

What does this tell you about Saul/Paul and his message. There was real power there. If not, would the Jews desire to kill? Maybe. Saul/Paul’s message was considered blasphemous to them. However, watch how they planned to kill him. They were not planning to walk up to him and kill him publicly. They waited at the gates to catch him. This may suggest the Jews were not acting with the popular opinion of the population of the area.

Regardless of the exact reason for their plans, Saul/Paul was not to be stopped. God made a way for his escape. Saul/Paul was a force to be feared by the Jews. He carried the message of redemption to his part of the world.  

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Posted by on December 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Tiger Woods…What were you thinking?


I bring up the Tiger Woods personal debacle not so much to capitalize upon his fame but to use this case to prove a point. Everyone knows Tiger Woods and, until recently, everyone respected him as well. I admire his skill, the amount of practice he has put in to capitalize upon his skill, the mental toughness he displays, the business savvy he commands, the family committment he…uh oh… well…

I remember when he burst upon the scene. This skinny kid from southern California whose dad had shaped into a real golf contender. Mental toughness and golf skill would be a winning combination. He would win and win and win … and so forth.

Now, I am slightly devastated to hear the news that is too awful to repeat. What was he thinking??? As many as ten women and all of these during the time he has been married! Tell me it ain’t so, Tiger…

How could he think this could possibly turn out well? Now, if you or I had done such a thing, it would still be bad but it would not make the national news…let alone dominate the national news.

There is no upside to sin. I have read the Bible cover to cover. Sin pays off in detrimental dividends only. There is no good outcome from it. Tiger is currently serving as a good example of this fact.

I am reminded of the verse that says, “God is not mocked; whatever a man sews, that he will also reap”. Tiger did not realize he was a farmer. He is and we all are. He is reaping and will continue to do so for a while.

Am I condemning him? No, I am only hoping he will repent. He is a smart guy and will probably do anything possible to make things right. He has probably learned a lesson he will never forget or repeat. My prayer is that God will work in Tiger’s life and his family to repair a devastating blow.

Pray for Tiger and his family.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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