Pastor Rick Jackson
We don’t really know the names of the wise men or how many there were. We know they were wise, we know they came from east of Israel, and we know their ways… the ways of the wise.
I. WISE PEOPLE BELIEVE THE BIBLE [v. 1-2, 4-8; Ps. 19:7, Mt. 7:24, 2 Tm. 3:15]
Dan. 9:24-27 [Rice notes]
Num. 24:17 “Notice that the prophecy says a Star shall come out of Jacob-that is, the nation Israel. And a scepter shall rise out of Israel. The star and the scepter go together. That is the only place I know where they are put together in prophecy in the Old Testament. The wise men in the East had that prophecy, and so they came out of the mysterious East seeking a king.” – J.V. McGee
II. WISE PEOPLE BELIEVE IN BEING DEDICATED TO GOD
III. WISE PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST [v. 2, 9-11]
the great trilemma=Lord, liar or lunatic
IV. WISE PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THE JESUS’ VICARIOUS DEATH [v. 11, John 19:39-40, Dan. 9:24-26]
V. WISE PEOPLE BELIEVE IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD [v. 7-8, 12; Acts 5:29, Rm. 12:1-2]
1 Samuel 12:14 with Psalm 111:10
Are you wise… or otherwise?