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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Matthew 2:10 & 11

When they [the wise men], saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him."

Greetings Bible Enthusiast!

"I always thought that there were three wise men!" Maybe. Despite Hollywood, traditional Christmas carols and the ubiquitous nativity scene, we do not know how many wise men there were. All we know for sure is that there were more than one, as we see in the above scripture.

Almost all the traditional nativity scenes show the wise men coming to the manger to worship the newborn Jesus, but the Bible strongly indicates otherwise. The only reference to the wise men is in Matthew, where they came to "the house" not a manger, and saw "the young child" not an infant (there are different words in Greek for infant and young child). Also, Herod, after interrogating the wise men on when the star appeared, had all the male children in Bethlehem and surrounding areas, two years and under killed. This indicates that Jesus may have been close to two years old when the wise men visited them.

God Bless You!

Email Annie

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Q. Who was told that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ?

Answer below.



Nothing during the year is so impressively convincing as the vision Christmas brings of what this world would be if love became the daily practice of human beings.

-Norman Vincent Peale


My 50-something friend Nancy and I decided to introduce her mother to the wonders of the Internet. Our first move was to access the popular "Ask Jeeves" site, and we told her it could answer any question she had.

Nancy's mother was very skeptical until Nancy said, "It's true, Mom. Think of something to ask it."

As I sat with fingers poised over the keyboard, Nancy's mother thought a minute, then responded, "How is Aunt Helen feeling?"



Q. Who was told that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ?

A. Simeon

Luke 2:25-26

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

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