Emanna for 02/16/2020

Being Stirred Up by a Shining Star

Bible Verses

Matt 2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, (2) Saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star at its rising and have come to worship Him.

Words of Ministry

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At the time of Jesus' birth, there was a religion called Judaism. It was a fundamental, sound, scriptural religion that was formed, organized, and constituted according to the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament....However, hardly anyone in that religion knew that Christ had come. We find no record in the New Testament that some of those religious people went to find Christ. On the contrary, there is a record that some pagan men, magi, came to find Him (Matt. 2:1-12). Of course, this was initiated by God, not by them. God gave the magi a shining star to guide them. This star did not appear in the Holy Land. It appeared to men far away--far away from the Holy Land; far away from the holy city; far away from the holy temple and the holy religion; far away from the holy Bible, the holy people, and the holy priests. Far away from all these holy things, the shining star appeared to some pagan men in a pagan land. The shining of that star stirred up these pagan wise men regarding the King of the Jews. I do not know how these wise men were stirred up regarding the King of the Jews, and I do not want to guess....At any rate, they came from the East, the Orient, and realized that the star indicated the King of the Jews. The wise men had the living vision, the heavenly star, and the Jewish religionists had the Bible. Which do you prefer to have--the Bible or the star? It is best to have both.
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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, 1986, pp. 81. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 1/19/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.