In Matthew 2 it speaks of the Magi, who came to worship the king. The Magi were astrologers. They followed the stars. Why would God choose astrologers to come worship the king, and overlook the religious leaders of the day? The Pharisees, the Priests and Levites were not chosen.
Bob Bjerkaas, pastor at Church in the Canyon preached on Matthew 2:1-12 this past Sunday. He brought up this point about the Magi, and it got me thinking. Here’s some of my take aways. For one thing, the Magi seem like an odd choice. They were the pagan astrologers of their day.
The Lord is using Matthew to make a point that the gospel is offered to all. Isn’t that amazing?! The Magi were overjoyed to worship Christ the king while the Pharisees, Priests and Levites didn’t seem to care about Christ’s birth. It reminds me of the older brother’s response when the prodigal repented and came home. The father threw a party, but the older brother pouted.
This makes me ask, do I become blasé and apathetic about Christ? Am I still excited about all that Christ has done for me? I’m grateful that God in His grace holds me close, but I shouldn’t take this relationship for granted. It is a relationship where I should desire to grow stronger in my love for Him. Like any relationship it requires time and attention.
God is near to them that seek Him. Christ healed the paralytic who was lowered by his friends through the roof. The blind beggar, Bartimaeus called out unashamedly on the roadside and Jesus healed him. “O Lord, that I would be humble and love you in this way. Continue your wonderful work of grace in my heart.”
Here’s some great promises for those who seek him.
“Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart”
— Psalm 119:2
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.”
— Psalm 145:18, 19
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near”
— Isaiah 55:6
This is a reminder to me and you to seek the Lord, and to call upon him. To recognize we are blind and hopeless without Him!
What do you think? Why did God choose these Magi astrologers?
In His Grip, Dave