Matthew 2: 1 (NKJV)
“…behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?”
There has been endless speculation about these “wise”men. What I find interesting is that they were called “wise men”in the first place. Why? Were they somehow special? Is this a title of so me kind? So far as I can see, this is not a title but a description of what they were like. It seems that they were counted wise because of what they did. Now wisdom is not just knowledge.
Wisdom is the practical application of knowledge. In other words, it’s not just knowing something, it’s taking what you know and doing something about it. These men had studied the scriptures (either as left over Jews from the Babylonian exile or else God fearing men who were aware of the Jewish scriptures) and their studies led them to know what the scribes also knew–that Messiah was to be born at about this time. But the scribes didn’t do anything about their knowledge, even though the town of Bethlehem is just a few miles from Jerusalem. The wise men, however, not only studied God ’s word, they traveled a great distance to act on what they had found in the scriptures. We need to do the same thing if we want to be wise. So often we hear a great, inspiring message from the Bible but we don’t make any changes in our hearts or actions. We too often neglect reading and studying the Bible but even worse, when we do read it, we don’t concern ourselves with how to apply it into our lives. When we apply what we learn into practical action we also can be “wise men”