Daniel and the Wise Men

This year as I was studying for my Ancient History class, I learned so interesting facts about the visit of the wise men. These wise men were most likely astrologers from Babylon, where Judah had been exiled in the sixth century BC, which takes us back to the book of Daniel in the Old Testament.

Daniel’s story is filled with amazing evidences of the hand of God. He became the lead adviser to a pagan king, not once, but twice during his years in exile.  First Daniel served king Nebuchadnezzar, the wicked king of the Babylonians, who had laid siege to Judah and overtaken it.  God used Daniel through a series of events to turn Nebuchadnezzar’s heart to the true creator God. Daniel became the head “wise man” in the land. Later, when the Persians conquered Babylon, Danial became a chief adviser to Darius. During this time, Danial wrote his prophetic book, which foretells events of the end times. Because Danial had such power and influence as a seer during this time, his writings would have been read and revered as sacred by the Persians and Babylonians. God’s design for Israel was that they would be a witness of Him to the nations. And even in captivity that is exactly what God did!

Now, fast forward about half a millennium, and we come to the time when Christ is born in Bethlehem. The wise men who saw His star in the East, very likely had read Daniel’s prophecies, and were waiting for some sign of their fulfillment. Actually, in the ancient world, many cultures were aware and waiting for a significant King of the Jews who would unite the Jewish kingdom and bring peace to the known world!

I guess what really amazes me is the evidence of God’s grace to the whole world through Christ. When God allowed His own people to suffer captivity by a pagan nation, He was using that suffering to expand the message of the Messiah. He planted seeds through the ministry of Daniel that didn’t bear fruit for over 500 years! God is not only Sovereign, He works according to His own time table, to bring about a Beauty beyond our imagination.

2 Responses to "Daniel and the Wise Men"

  • I really appreciate your blog posts! I know of you through our mutual friend Karis. 🙂 This post is fantastic in timing because we are reading through and discussing advent. We will be talking about the wise men, and I look forward to sharing this with them! Thanks!

    1 Kendra said this (December 23, 2011 at 1:16 am) Reply

    • Thanks for your encouragement. Yes, Karis has told me about you before. I am really thankful that God is using the blog in others’ lives. I trust you will have a joy filled Christmas, celebrating Jesus.

      2 Tabitha Joy said this (December 23, 2011 at 11:02 am) Reply

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