When (Herod) had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd* my people Israel.’” Matthew 2:4-6
It is interesting to me that with all the consulted religious leaders of the day involved in assessing the prophetic Old Testament scriptures regarding where the Christ would be born, none went with the Wise Men to visit this child. They knew the scriptures, yet didn’t appear to be altered in any way by all their knowledge. That’s because knowing Christ has nothing to do with head knowledge. It has everything to do with heart knowledge. The religious leaders weren’t led by the Holy Spirit, but rather led by their own interpretations and limited understanding.
The Jews expected a Messiah who would come as a warrior King to rescue them from Roman rule. They had little time for the thought of an infant being the One chosen by God to save all of mankind. It was a preposterous thought to even consider, which may be why the religious leaders didn’t accompany the 3 Wise Men.
Christ is said to be the shepherd of His people. A shepherd cares for and protects his flock and we are His flock. Just as sheep submit to the shepherd’s leading and guidance, so are we to do the same. Submitting to someone you cannot see requires faith and trust. It’s illogical. It’s mystical. Frankly, it’s pretty unbelievable, but it’s what is required of all who would seek to know God. Faith that He is real and trust that He will do what He has said. Do you fully trust the Lord today? If not, what will it take for you to do so? Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!!
* shep·herd noun; 1. One who herds, guards, and tends sheep; 2. One who cares for and guides a group of people, as a minister or teacher.
Resource: The Reformation Study Bible.