What’s the Deal with the Wise Men? by AChuckAllen
Every Christmas we listen to “We three kings of orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar. Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.”
But who were these guys, really?
They weren’t kings and there were probably more than three. We associate three men with the three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matching up the song and the narrative that has passed from generation to generation, with the Scriptural account is a challenge. I’m planning on singing the song once again through this season, but it might be good to know a bit more about these guys.
I believe the Bible to be inerrant, but over the course of history, traditions and manger scenes have added to the biblical story. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem…”
As the carol sings in it’s final verse; Frankincense to offer have I, incense owns a deity nigh. Prayer and praising, all men raising. Worship him, God most high,