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Why the voice of a star? ~ A Lesson from the Wisemen

the voice of a star

When God wants to reach someone with a message, He uses language they understand. And so it is with these men from the East. I don’t know why the Lord wanted to include them in this incarnation party, the scripture is silent on the Lord’s  motives.

Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him. - Matthew 2:2 NASB

Perhaps He wanted to emphasize the fact that Jesus came not only for the Jews, but for the whole world. Some of the traditional tellings of this story has three wisemen from three different nations representing the diverse people groups. But none of that is in the pages of our Bible, so we hold all that loosely.

I like to think that Daniel, during his time in the Babylonian school of seers, left a group of students who were awaiting this King of the Jews for hundreds of years, and because of their faithful watching and waiting, the Lord actually sent them an invitation to the party.

In 2 Chronicles we read

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. - 2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV

I believe God put this star in the sky because these folks were fully committed to hearing His voice - they were listening!

In any case the Lord makes this announcement to foreigners. Somehow He is speaking in a language they will understand.

When God wants to reach stargazers - guess what - He writes to them in the stars. How cool is that - God knows just how to reach anyone.

That thought right there is worth the price of admission today.

God knows how to reach your loved ones. He speaks their language.

Granted - these wisemen were listening and willing to respond to the call of this star, but know this - if there is any hope for those you care for - it is in God’s amazing ability to communicate across any and all barriers.

That’s why when He looked over the multitudes and saw their lostness and confusion His call to the disciples was:

Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. - Matthew 9:38 NIV

God knows what language your son, your daughter, your mom or dad can understand.

I want to bring this down to two simple points.

God can speak to anyone in a language they can understand.

Do you have someone for whom you care who has not responded to the gospel.

I want to pray into this today. There are two things I want to go after right now.

First, I want us to pray for these folks that God would take their blinders off. I want to pray that their hearts are open to hear from God.

These wise men - when they saw the star - got up and left everything to come and worship Jesus. They had ears to hear.

Grab a piece of paper right now and write down the name God has put on your heart.

Let’s pray that  - Lord give ______________ ears to hear your voice.

Second - I want to pray that God would send laborers into that field who can speak their language.

Lord speak into ______________’s life in a language they understand. Send someone they will listen to.

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Ben NelsonWalk in the Light!

Ben

7 thoughts on “Why the voice of a star? ~ A Lesson from the Wisemen

  1. joseph elon lillie

    Really good stuff Ben. Myself I think the magi were following the prophecies of Balaam found in Numbers. Your post reminded me of my sister's testimony. 17 years I prayed for her and shared the message of Christ. Nothing happened. Then one day a woman from Louisiana got hired as the stage carpenter of the theater company sister stage managed for. She invited her to church and that first Sunday my sister received Christ. Today she is missionary in the Netherlands serving Christ through the arts.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Oh I love that story - so like the Lord - you have really made my day Pastor J. Thanks for sharing how the Lord speaks even "stage manager" - He is so Good!

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