Thursday, October 22, 2009

Why did the scholars create such a ruckuss?

We are in the time period right now when President Obama is at war.

No - no in Afghanistan... Against Fox News! Apparently they are not towing the white house line, like all the other news stations. People in power do not like competition!!

This is not new.

After Jesus is born a group of travellers come to Jerusalem. They looked different. They spoke different. They were identified as scholars. (Did they wear birkenstocks?) They needed interpreters to speak to the people.

But this is not what caused all the ruckuss. It was the questions they were asking...

And they created a firestorm!

1 -2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod's kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, "Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We're on pilgrimage to worship him."
3 -4When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified—and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well. Herod lost no time. He gathered all the high priests and religion scholars in the city together and asked, "Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?"

Messiah? THE messiah? The long awaited deliverer of Israel? Herod was king. An illegitimate king by any measure. A puppet king, a vassal under the allmighty Roman Empire. But, a king, nonetheless.

And someone was going to depose him?

5 -6They told him, "Bethlehem, Judah territory. The prophet Micah wrote it plainly:
It's you, Bethlehem, in Judah's land,
no longer bringing up the rear.
From you will come the leader
who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel."
7 -8Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, "Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I'll join you at once in your worship."
9 -10Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!

Herod now knew the place. And he also knew the time. Only one thing left to do. o

16 -18Herod, when he realized that the scholars had tricked him, flew into a rage. He commanded the murder of every little boy two years old and under who lived in Bethlehem and its surrounding hills. (He determined that age from information he'd gotten from the scholars.) That's when Jeremiah's sermon was fulfilled:
A sound was heard in Ramah,
weeping and much lament.
Rachel weeping for her children,
Rachel refusing all solace,
Her children gone,
dead and buried.

So the scholars from the East verified that Jesus was the Messiah before he even spoke a word. They created a ruckuss!

And Herod - poor, pathetic paranod Herod, passed into history as a baby killer.

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