Matthew 2:1-2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
After the birth of Jesus, wise men came from the east to Jerusalem seeking to worship Him. By this time, based on Herod’s choice to kill all the children two years and younger in Bethlehem and the surrounding areas which he based upon his knowledge of when the star appeared unto the wise men, Jesus would presumably be around 1-2 years old.
There is no doubt in my mind that it took these men several months, maybe even a year to come from where they were to where Jesus was born. Not knowing exactly where He was born, they went to Jerusalem assuming that someone there would surely know about the birth of the King of the Jews and would be able to help guide them to where He was. From there they were sent to the city of Bethlehem, as this was the city in which it was foretold that Christ would be born; but other than that, no one knew exactly where this Child had been born or where He was now. However, the wise men didn’t give up their search and soon, they once again saw His star which they had saw in the east and it led them right to where He was. They went in, worshipped Him, and gave Him of their own treasures: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But here is what I would like us to ask ourselves today; Am I seeking Jesus?
Think about it this way, if He were born today, would you be among those that came and sought to worship Him or would you be too busy, would you have other things that would take up your time which you would consider as being more important, or would you even care at all that He was born? Now, I know Jesus
won’t be born today, but we still ought to be seeking Him. Are you? You might ask, how can we seek Him today? By seeking His Word: Jesus is the Living Word and the Bible is God’s Written Word. The Bible is a Living Book, the very Words of God: Jesus IS the WORD. (John 1:1-2, 14)
Maybe you question the benefit of seeking God’s Word since you don’t seem to get anything out of it anyways. Well, I hope to encourage you to seek the Word of God anyways, because it’s doing more for you than you may really understand. Let me share with you one of the benefits of seeking God’s Word.
God’s Word is a cleansing agent
John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Let me give you four things to do with your Bible everyday:
1. Read the Bible daily-let it cleanse you
Psalms 119:9-16 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. 13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. 14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. 16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
2. Think on the Bible daily-let it refresh you
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Psalms 1:2-3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
3. Apply the Bible daily-let it revive you
Psalms 119:25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
Psalms 119:107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.
Psalms 119:154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
Take what you read in the Bible and apply it to your life, your situation, your circumstance that you are going through and let the Word of God revive you as you go through that situation.
4. Yield to the Bible daily-let it control you
2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Joshua 22:5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
While listening to our church’s radio station, I heard Bro. Jerry Ross give this illustration. A young man or preacher came to an older man of God, a preacher, and told of his inability to get anything out of the Bible as he read it. He felt it was doing him no good; however, the older preacher told the young preacher to take a bucket down to the river and fill it up with water and bring it back. The older preacher had taken this bucket and put holes in the bottom of it. The young man went to the river and filled it up, but by the time he would get back to the older preacher, the bucket would be empty. After doing this over and over several times, he finally told the older preacher in disgust, “That’s exactly how I feel”. That’s when the older preacher told him, “But look at the bucket, it’s clean isn’t it?” I don’t know where you are at with your Bible; but let me encourage you to read it over and over again and just keep on reading it. Maybe it doesn’t seem like you are getting anything out of it, maybe you don’t seem to understand it; but just keep reading it anyways. You say, why? Why keep reading it? Because it’s cleansing you, it’s cleaning you up from the inside out.
Let God’s Word take control of your life and dictate how you live your life.
Jon Nothstein | YP
Central Baptist Church