Thursday, February 16, 2017

Matthew 2:1-2 The Magi And The Mazzeroth, Part One

After Y'shua (Jesus) was born in Beit-Lechem (Bethlehem), in the land of Y’hudah (Judah) during the time when Herod was king, Magi from the east came to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) and asked, “Where is the newborn King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

Here we have Magi, from the east, coming to see the Messiah, the newborn King. Who are these Magi? Where did they come from? How did they know about the star and it's significance?

Good questions. From biblical and historical accounts, we know that the Magi were originally soothsayers, from the time of the Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, between 604-561 BC. If you remember, God used Nebuchadnezzar to punish Israel, by subjecting Israel to the king's servitude, for 70 years.

I have to add, that the 70 years was exactly how long Jeremiah prophesied, concerning the coming judgement of Israel, for not obeying God's commandment about giving the land, a Shabbat, a rest. 2 Chron. 36:21 Jeremiah 25:11.

The Magi originally interpreted dreams, for the king, but was taken to a higher level of understanding, when Dani'el dramatically arrived of the scene and became one of them, most likely their leader and began to fill them in on God's plan. He showed them the Mazzeroth, and how God wrote his plan, in the stars. The Magi continues today, within the Remnant of God.

Next time, we'll go over the Mazzaroth and how the Magi recognized the Star of the Messiah.