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    WHAT IF THE WISE MEN HAD BEEN WISER?

    20 - Preacher Diary


    Had the wise men never diverted into the palace of Herod, asking directions to the new born King, could Herod have been alerted to what had happened in his land?  If he was not alerted, would the many children have died whom he slaughtered on failing to get at the baby King (Matthew 2:1-18)?

    Some diversions could be ultimately costly, not only to the diverted but also to other apparently innocent ones.  Not everyone should we ask for direction to our unknown destination, because to some, it is one unpleasant news that they must resist with all their might.

    Sometimes, even wise men are not wise enough, so they seek directions from others more experienced in those territories unfamiliar to them, but sometimes they err in whom they rightly ask.  The error of those wise men was in supposing that kings would always be born in the house of a king, or that every king knows everything that happens in his land. May your steps in this season be ordered by the Lord from ears that should not hear what you have seen from afar. Amen.

    From The Preacher's diary,

    November 3, 2019.

     

    Why the royal announcement to simple shepherds?

    Usually, when a dignitary would enter into another’s territory, he notifies the lord of that territory.  It is diplomatic protocol.  A king going into another kingdom, even on private visit, would usually notify the king of where he is going to.

    When Jesus was born, whom the angels notified were not the ecclesiastical lords: the chief priests and pharisees; it was not the political royalties: the king and his princes.  Whom the angels announced the new birth to were simple shepherds watching their flock at night while lords and high priests and other shepherds of men were in their cosy beds and palaces (Luke 2:8-15).  Why?

    Will great men in the land always know all that God is doing?  Will God always report to temple and palace leaders about His acts in mangers?  Will the fact that priests and kings are unnotified mean that the grandiose news of the simple shepherds is untrue?  Must we always wait to hear from God on global issues from the lofty ones in the temple and in the palace, whom we have often taken as His sole mouthpieces?

    Why did Herod never hear of what those many simple shepherds had so clearly seen and heard, until much later when the news got to him through wise diplomats from afar?  Are there things that God has announced to simple shepherds that high priests and kings are still struggling to discover?  Must Herods and high priests always also know, before what is announced is true?  What if that heavenly announcement had been made in the temple on a sabbath day, to the high priests and the rulers of the land?  Why does God sometimes do things this way?

    From The Preacher's diary,

    November 3, 2019.


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