Posts Tagged "Wise Men"

The Real Christmas Story (Revised & Updated)

This post was originally published on December 23, 2008.  I have updated the story a bit and thought is was worth posting again.  So, here goes, and Merry Christmas!

Every year in our family, we recount the Christmas story. Some years we do it with music, other years we read a story book, and one year the kids put on a puppet show complete with music! This year, we’re going back to the source of the story, and the source of all knowledge and wisdom, the Word of God. I thought I would share it with you.  The story itself is fairly long, but God’s story is worth the time!

Biblical passages are all footnoted.  As best I recall, all biblical passage are from the ESV.  Originally, this story was comprised only of passages directly from the Bible.  I have updated it to include some transitional statements between verses.  These are shown in italics.

The story of Christmas started a long long time ago.  In fact, the story of Christmas began with the beginning of time.

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Monday Morning Prophecy #14 – He Would Be Presented With Gifts

cross-pictureLast week, we looked at the Old Testament prophecy regarding King Herod’s reaction to the birth of Jesus.  This week we will look at a common component of the traditional Christmas story – the arrival of the wise men.

Let’s start with a verse recorded by Isaiah roughly 700 years before the birth of Jesus:

A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.  [Isaiah 60:6]

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Monday Morning Prophecy #13 – Herod Would Kill the Children

cross-pictureOver the last couple of weeks, we have looked at Old Testament prophecies indicating that angels and shepherds would worship Jesus.  This week we tackle a prophecy about how King Herod would react to the birth of Jesus.

Some 600 years or so before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Jeremiah recorded the words of the Lord:

Thus says the LORD: “A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.”  [Jeremiah 31:15]

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