Magi, Wise Men, and Worshipers of Fire

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. ” Matthew 2: 1-2

I have always been fascinated by the story of the Wise Men. I love it that many translations use the phrase Wise Men. In the natural, they did the most foolish thing by traveling a great distance to worship a baby, but in the realm of the Kingdom, these Magi, Philosophers, Astrologers, learned men of the day, responded with gladness the day that a greater reality than they had ever realized invaded earth.

“The Jews believed that there were prophets in the kingdom of Saba and Arabia, who were of the posterity of Abraham by Keturah; and that they taught in the name of God, what they had received in tradition from the mouth of Abraham.”-WHITBY.

It is of utmost importance to note that although many magicians, astronomers, and philosophers are now considered in a bad light, in this time men of this class were very well respected. They were highly regarded by the Persian Court, were devoted to astronomy, religion, and medicine, and were invited as councilors and advisors during war. These were the thinkers of the day, and they traveled a great distance to pay homage to a baby King!

There is little doubt that these Wise Men originated from these teachers and was awaiting the manifestation of the promised Messiah. “The Persian translator renders the Greek Magoi (NT:3097) by mejooseean, which properly signifies a worshipper of fire and from which we have our word magician. It is very probable that the ancient Persians, who were considered as worshippers of fire, only honored it as the symbolical representation of the Deity; seeing this unusual appearance, might consider it as a sign that the God they worshipped was about to manifest himself among men.” Adam Clarke’s Commentary.

It is interesting to note that the Persian translator translates the Greek Magoi as a worshiper of Fire! That is absolutely astonishing to me. Jesus was the expressed image of God in the earth and God is Fire. (Deut 4:24) I heard it said by Mike Bickle, “God doesn’t look like fire…fire looks like God.” Moses encountered this fiery passion in a burning bush, and out of the fire the jealousy of God spoke, “Let my people go!” Moses was sent as a deliverer. It was the burning heart of God…that in His passion for man sent His Son as a ransom for sin to deliver a broken people.

You may have a different view of the Magi than my earlier quotes and thoughts, but the one thing that is most undeniable is that these wise men…these worshipers of Fire…had enough wisdom and revelation to recognize the Sign of His coming. Friends we can take so much from this. We should be so hungry for the knowledge of the Holy. We should be in constant expectation of the move of His Spirit, and when He moves…recognize it…and respond with gladness. This season we celebrate the gift of Jesus…the gift of the Fiery Passion of God given expression in the earth…the greatest revival ever known to man…JESUS. Let us be worshipers of Fire. Let us be worshipers with Fire and Passion. Let us learn from the men the Bible calls Wise and respond with gladness and Worship HIM!

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