Three wise men….think it was a few more than that.
Matthew 2:3-8 says this:
“King Herod was shaken to the core when he heard this, and not only him, but all of Jerusalem was disturbed when they heard this news. So he called a meeting of the Jewish ruling priests and religious scholars, demanding that they tell him where the promised Messiah was prophesied to be born. “He will be born in Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,” they told him. “Because the prophecy states: And you, little Bethlehem, are not insignificant among the clans of Judah, for out of you will emerge the Shepherd-King of my people Israel!” Then Herod secretly summoned the spiritual priests from the East to ascertain the exact time the star first appeared. And he told them, “Now go to Bethlehem and carefully look there for the child, and when you’ve found him, report to me so that I can go and bow down and worship him too.”
A few notes here.
Although we are not told how many “wise men” came to visit Bethlehem, it was likely quite a large entourage. It is doubtful that three men from Persia would cause such an uproar and commotion in the city. There were possibly over one hundred who traveled in the caravan from the East arriving in Jerusalem.
One translation from the latter part about Bethlehem says about Jesus….“He will shepherd my people in the strength of the Lord.”
Key word…strength. Strength of the Lord.
Strength. Sometimes very hard to come by. Sometimes impossible to find. Sometimes only a prayer away. As our relationship with Jesus grows, our faith and trust in Him grows. Our strength in Him becomes more confident because we see Him continually giving us strength because we are continually leaning into Him.
Today. Strength. Find strength in Him.