The Magi or the ‘wise men from the east’ as described in Mathew’s gospel, studied the stars and the heavens. They were well versed in Astrology, which was a highly regarded science at that time.
According to the ancient historian Herodotus, the Magi were a tribe of people within the larger people called the Medes. From the Babylonian to the Roman empires, they maintained a place of tremendous prominence and significance in the Orient. During the four world empires, they served in a powerfully influential capacity as advisers to the royalty in the East, consequently earning the reputation of being wise men.
The most lengthy mention of the Magi in the Old Testament is found in the book of Daniel. Although the magi came from a pagan religion, Daniel’s position and influence over the Magi directed them to the knowledge of the true God. And for those sincere ones that studied the Old Testament among them, the Holy Spirit guided them to understand the prophecies that predicted the coming of the Messiah.
It is somewhat ironic and amazing that some of the first people in the world to recognize the arrival of the King of kings were Gentiles—not Jews. History reflects that irony of rejection in John 1:11 where it says of Jesus, “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not” (John 1:11).
This proves that God has children in every religion and that He is calling them out to search for the truth and find the right path “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16).
In His service,
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