Friday, November 30, 2012
Wise Men by Pastor Poppie Paul
Everything about the Christmas Story is very Jewish. Mary is Jewish. Joseph is Jewish. Zechariah and Elizabeth are Jewish. The angel Gabriel works for God, who is the ultimate patriarch of the Jewish nation. Bethlehem was the City of David who was the greatest Old Testament King of the Jewish nation. Jesus is the Jewish Lion of the tribe of Judah. Everything about Christmas was kosher, except the Wise Men!
These pagan astrologers came out of the East following a star. They did not seem to have solid training in the Old Testament scriptures or they would have know where Messiah should be born. But they were called by God. He spoke to them in a dream. And they came to worship! They brought amazing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gifts which testified to the Divinity, Authority, and eventual Sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
I love the Wise Men because they remind me God can work outside of the box. Just about the time I have things nailed down and figured out God can infuse new dimensions to the equation. God can call people, lead people, teach people, and use people in ways that never occur to me. Gods work is never limited to my understanding or ability. God has the ability to surprise us. He can summon answers and resources from afar long before you even think to ask for them.
This Christmas be looking for Wise Seekers of the Savior whom God has chosen to cross your path. You may have something to give them! They might have something to give you! But if God arraigned the meeting it will be interesting and exciting!
May God richly bless you,
and use you to His glory,
this Holy and wonderful season!
Pastor Poppie Paul