King Herod and the
Story of 3 Wise
Bible Study Lesson from
this part of the Christmas
story the wise men,
nobody knows if there were three, search for the
King Herod wanted the Magi to
return to him after they
found Christ and
report His location but they took a different route
My family and I wish you and
your family a very
Then Herod secretly
called the magi and determined from them the
exact time the star appeared.
And he sent them to
Bethlehem and said, Go and search
carefully for the Child; and when you have found
Him, report to me, so that I too may come and
After hearing the king,
they went their way; and the star, which they
had seen in the east, went on before them until
it came and stood over the place where the Child
When they saw the star,
they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
After coming into the
house they saw the Child with Mary His mother;
and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him.
Then, opening their
treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold,
frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned by
God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi
left for their own country by another way. -
The Magi and King
How Many Wise Men Visited
A quick Christmas trivia
question ... How many wise men were there?
Three? (Answer at
There Can Be Only One
The chief priests and
teachers of the law were aware of Micah
5:2 and other
prophesies in Scripture about the Messiah.
The Magi's news troubled
Herod because he knew the the Jewish people
expected the Messiah to come soon (Luke
King Herod was not in the
line of David so many Jews hated him already. He
knew if this child was allowed to grow it would
mean trouble for him.
His goal at this time was to
put down a possible revolution which could take
away his kingdom and his life.
Herod, like many kings of the
day, was paranoid that someone was always plotting
to overthrow him so he became ruthless to those he
suspected and to any who opposed him.
Most Jews expected the
Messiah to be a great military and political
deliverer, like Alexander the Great.
Herod's counselors would have
told him this. Add the new information to his
already paranoia along with some realistic warnings
and you have a recipe for disaster.
No wonder this ruthless man
took no chances and ordered all the baby boys in
The Role of God
On the other hand, God had a
different plan. The details of God's plan are in
of Luke about the
dream, the wise men deciding to take a different
route, flight to Egypt, etc. so I won't go into
detail about these.
Power of God
I would like to mention that
no matter what Herod planned to do to crush a power
coming into being, God is in control of the entire
situation and His will is final!
Some would call this a mere
coincidence or chance happening but Scripture tells
us that God will work His plan in all situations.
No king or president on earth
is powerful enough to curtail what God wants to
How about your
Are you listening to what God
has planned for you or are you destined to be a
He has a defined purpose for
your life just as He does for mine - if we only
Answer: How many wise men?
Not sure, the Bible doesn't
really give a number. Sorry!
Love in Christ
To learn more about how you
can receive the love and life-changing experience
of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
John 3:16 to get
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