Reflection on Matthew 2:1-12




About that time, some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”


Jesus is born in Bethlehem. Some time later some wise men from the east arrive in Jerusalem to seek the king of the Jews.

King Herod is deeply disturbed by this, so he consults with the priests and religious teachers. They tell him that the Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem.

Herod calls in the wise men and tells them that the child is to be born in Bethlehem. He instructs them to come and tell him about the king so he can go and worship him also.

The wise men are led by the star to the house of Mary and Joseph. They present their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and worship the baby.

The men return home but they go a different route for God warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.


Wise men from the east recognise the star as God’s message to them about the birth of Jesus. Astrology is not a recommended way to seek God’s direction- in fact Scripture condemns this. But God uses whatever means that He can in order to communicate with people.

Following the sign, the wise men take decisive action. They travel a long distance to worship this king that has been revealed to them.

The way of wisdom is to act on what God shows us to do. Sometimes it is not the right time and we need to wait, but usually when God shows us something He wants us to act.

We don’t all get signs in the sky, but we do get words of Scripture or a conviction from the Holy Spirit and then we should do what God is telling us.


Holy Spirit, please help me to hear you and to do the things you tell me to do. May I always be confident in you when I step out in faith. Amen.


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