Day 16

Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast & Pray – Day 16

In Matthew, we read about a mysterious band of wise men who had seen His star in the East and came to worship this One who is born King of the Jews.  To my knowledge, it was not customary for “wise men” to travel hundreds of miles across barren, rugged, desert terrain to visit newborn royalty. We know that this King was special, but why would Persian/Babylonian/Chaldean wise men seek him? I think the answer might be found in Daniel, chapter 2, verse 48.  “Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. “

Daniel then requested that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be appointed to handle Babylon’s affairs.  It was the task of wise men to be knowledgeable in the ways of the people of the region. Since the king had elevated Daniel and his God, it is reasonable that he would have been teaching them how to be wise in God’s eyes.  His messianic expectations would have been communicated.  His legacy would have been converts with messianic expectations, establishing a faithful remnant.  This gives a logical reason that would explain the visit of the wise men with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  They came to worship the Messiah because they expected Him to come.

In that part of the world today there is a renewed fervency among the faithful remnant, expecting God to move on behalf of His people.  Am I a part of a faithful remnant in America?  Where is my fervency?  My world is in turmoil and only God can straighten it out.  Let us humbly pray, seek his face, turn from our wicked ways, and ask him to heal our land.

Marvin Sanders
American Family Radio


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