READ : Micah 5:1-2, Matthew 2:1-6
But you, O Bethlehem . . . from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel. (Micah 5:2)
When I read the story of the wisemen it never ceases to amaze me that when questioned by King Herod about the birthplace of the Messiah, the chief priests and scribes had the answer so fast. Without hesitation they told Herod, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet . . .” The prophet in question being, of course, our friend Micah.
Two things are important for us here. First, the chief priests and the scribes knew the Scriptures. They knew where to go in God’s Word for the answers they were seeking. Do we? Or do we just give the Bible lip service? Are we people of the Word?
And then, secondly, it strikes me that they took the Scriptures seriously. They didn’t say, “Well, maybe the Savior will be born in Bethlehem.” No, they responded to Herod with conviction. They believed the Bible. Do you? Yes, it was written long ago, but as the writer of Hebrews says, “The Word of God is living and active.” It can change your life. I wonder if it changed theirs. Did any scribe actually go down to Bethlehem to worship with the magi?
Thank you, Lord, for your Word. Help me to read it, believe it, and be transformed by it. Amen.