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The Thrill of Hope: Week 1, November 25, 2018

The Thrill of Hope: Week 1, November 25, 2018

There are lots of things about the wise men that we don’t know.    We don’t know how many wise men there were, though tradition teaches us that there were three.  We don’t know their names.  In the sixth century, someone decided that their names were Melchior, Baltazar and Gaspar.  Operas have been written ascribing these names to them.  But no one really knows what their names were.  We don’t know exactly from where they came.  The “east” is a pretty big area.  China?  India?  Babylonia?  We don’t know what their professions were.  Were they kings?  Philosophers?  Astronomers?     There are lots of things about the wise men that we don’t know, but we do know this: they knew how to worship.   Three times in this brief passage it refers to their worship.  In verse 2 it says, “We . . . have come to worship him.”  Even evil and envious King Herod recognized that they had a heart to worship.  In verse 8 he hypocritically says, “when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come an

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