The 3 Wise Men In The Bible

The 3 Wise Men are mentioned in the Bible’s gospel of Matthew, chapter 2. Their story is familiar worldwide from their visit with the young Child Jesus and their subsequent return to their own countries. However, very few people today know that the 3 Wise Men were also among those who believed in Jesus during his lifetime and prepared for his arrival. You may be wondering why the number 3 instead of 12? Showing us why will be one of the purposes of this article by shedding light on the significance of the number 3.

The story of the  Wise Men  is one well known for those who grew up in the church. Matthew 2:1-18 talks about how the Magi or “Wise men” came to visit Jesus accompanied by a “star”, following it’s guiding light. They are noted as specifically coming from the East, thought to have been a land far away, and as them being astrologers. Of course they brought gifts with them that were made of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

There were three men of Gotham City who were known as “The 3 Wise Men of Gotham.” They were named Jose, Francis, and William. The 3 wise men of Gotham city were considered the smartest men in all the land. It was well know that they used their smarts to help those around them and make Gotham a better place in which to live.

There were three wise men, who were astrologers, who came from the East. They followed a star that had escaped from its place in the heavens, and stopped over the place where the young child was. The first person was called Melchtal, the second Caspar and the third Gaspar.

The 3 Wise Men In The Bible

The term “wise men” was first applied to the Magi by a man who was himself wise, the venerable Bede, an 8th-century British monk, but Matthew’s readers would not have seen these figures as wise. Indeed, to inquire in Jerusalem, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?” is at best, politically non-astute. Herod, who was called the king of the Jews, was on the throne, and his paranoia was legendary. The Magi show no knowledge of this extremely well-known paranoia. Herod had, at this point, killed several of his children, his in-laws, and others he felt were rivals to his crown, and so the Magi also show no awareness of Herod’s plot to kill his rival. If “wise men” means book-based wisdom, then Matthew is not in favor of it. As Jesus states in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 11, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the wise, and revealing them to the simple.”

The import of the Magi is not that they’re kings and certainly not that they’re wise. To the contrary, they’re figures of foolishness. They’re figures of simplicity, and yet they—not Herod the Great in Jerusalem and not Herod’s wise men and councilors—the Magi, get the point about the newborn king.

The 3 Wise Men In The Bible

The three wise men, also known as magi, were men belonging to various educated classes. Our English word magician comes from this same root. But these wise men were not magicians in the modern sense of sleight-of-hand performers. They were of noble birth, educated, wealthy, and influential. They were philosophers, the counselors of rulers, learned in all the wisdom of the ancient East. The wise men who came seeking the Christ child were not idolaters; they were upright men of integrity.

They had apparently studied the Hebrew Scriptures and found there a clear transcript of truth. In particular, the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament must have claimed their attention, and among these they found the words of Balaam: “A Star shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17, NKJV). They certainly were acquainted with the prophecy of Micah: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel” (Micah 5:2, NKJV; see also Matthew 2:5, 6). They probably also knew and understood the time prophecy of Daniel regarding the appearance of the Messiah (see Daniel 9:25, 26) and came to the conclusion that His coming was near.

On the night of Christ’s birth, a mysterious light appeared in the sky which became a luminous star that persisted in the western heavens (see Matthew 2:1, 2). Impressed with its import, the wise men turned once more to the sacred scrolls. As they tried to understand the meaning of the sacred writings, they determined to go in search of the Messiah. Like Abraham, they knew not at first where they were to go, but followed as the guiding star led them on their way.

Gifts of the three wise men

The tradition that there were three wise men arose from the fact that the Bible mentions three gifts, gold frankincense and myrrh according to Matthew 2:11. However, the Bible doesn’t say how many wise men made the journey to see the baby Jesus. The unfounded idea that they were also kings came from the imagery of Isaiah 60:3.

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