The Magi

Our 3rd Bible Study at Founding Word covers what many of us think of as part of the Christmas Story: the appearing of a mysterious star over Bethlehem that led the Magi (aka) "The Wise Men" to Jesus' home. While many of us enjoy seeing three wealthy men bearing gifts before a manger on our Christmas cards, this strange event actually took place much later, possibly as much as 2 years after the manger scene. The coming of the Magi into Israel literally shook up the entire kingdom and even rattled King Herod. In this study, we cover the politics of Israel during the reign of Herod and why the sudden appearance of the Magi was so troubling and disturbing to the people. We also get into the significance of "gold, frankincense and myrrh". Those three forms of gifts tell us a lot about WHO they thought Jesus really was. The Magi knew much more than we give them credit. And then for fun, we also get into the supernatural physics of "the star" that appeared over Bethlehem. In closing, we go over Jesus' first reported confrontation with religious leaders. He was only 12 years old at the time and even then he had them spinning in circles.

40 Minutes
March 6, 2009

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