Every Christmas story and nativity usually contains three wise men. Nowhere in scripture does it say three. It is assumed because of the three gifts that were presented to the Christ child. It’s very likely there were more.
Nevertheless, the wise men show up in Jerusalem not long after the birth of Jesus. They inquire of King Herod where the new king would be born.
Herod sends them off to Bethlehem with the instructions to come back and tell him the location so he can go and worship too.
The wise men find Jesus and present their gifts. But then God intervenes and warns them in a dream not to go back to Herod, so they return to their homeland by a different route.
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; Matt 2:16
You and I know what Herod does not – God deceived him!
Without this warning from God the wise men would have gone back to Herod.
Herod then decides to send his soldiers into Bethlehem to kill all the male infants. But God had already intervened and warned Joseph in a dream to get out of town.
Such deceit from a man that had the knowledge of where the Messiah would be born. The only person that deceived him was himself. He failed to recognize the opportunity given by God.
Every Sunday I am armed with scripture and from my pulpit I proclaim that Jesus is Lord.
I write a devotion several times a week and proclaim the grace and forgiveness offered by the Savior.
Yet there are those that will ridicule and reject the scripture and proclaim that I am deceiving them.
If you reject God’s offer of salvation through Jesus, then you’ve only deceived yourself. Don’t blame others for your mistake.