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Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Matthew 2: 1-6

 I’m rereading my entire Bible and I am now in the book of Matthew. This morning for my devotional, I was reading this passage and there are 3 verses that struck me the most.  Even though I’ve read this passage unnumbered times since I was a kid, something in these verses captured my attention unlike before.

 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Pharisees with King HerodSo these so-called learned and educated men knew when and where Jesus would be born! And yet they didn’t even welcome Him with joyous heart and glad tidings. Their pride must have been soaring high that they would never acknowledge that the King of kings and Lord of lord was born in a humble manger. Blessed are the three wise men whom they termed as heathen for they discerned the times and they are ready to welcome the Messiah. The Savior of mankind was welcomed by  heathen and lowly people but rejected by His own people.

“These learned teachers [priests and scribes] would not stoop to be instructed by those whom they termed heathen. It could not be, they said, that God had passed them by, to communicate with ignorant shepherds or uncircumcised Gentiles. They determined to show contempt for the reports that were exciting King Herod and all Jerusalem. They would not even go to Bethlehem to see whether these things were so. And they led the people to regard the interest in Jesus as a fanatical excitement.” ~Desire of Ages, p.62, 63

 What a wasted knowledge! These learned teachers of the law have all the access and privilege to study and be acquainted with the prophecies about the coming Messiah. The very ones who were to be the vessel and keeper of truths failed to discern the times of His first advent.

 Are we in the same peril?

 We know many things about God than other people, yet we fail to witness to the family next door.

We can easily pull out from memory Bible verses anytime, anywhere, yet in times of problems we lack faith.

We can explain the most difficult and complicated Bible prophecies. — and yet we fail to discern the will of God!

We boast of our degrees and expertise in religion, and yet look our neighbors with censoring eyes.

Surely we do lack ONE thing!

 LOVE

Consider what Apostle Paul says,

 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:2

All we need is LOVE.

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