Saturday, December 25, 2010

Maji, and was Jesus Palestinian?

First, the "three Wise men," "Three Kings of Orient Are," and the Maji.

BTW, there were NOT three of them! Matthew 2: 1-2 says, "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Maji from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, "where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the East and have come to worship him." It does not say "three" Maji. Who knows? There could have been three hundred of them.

That "three Wise Men" bit is just another Bible myth along with Veronica and others I have mentioned in the past couple of years. Perhaps the reason there were "three" of them is because they bought three gifts (gold, incense, myrrh), one for each Maji!

Now, Maji means "Wise man," not "King." So, they weren't "kings," either. But then why would the Maji care about worshiping the "king of the Jews"? They were not Jews; however, they were supposedly from Babylon and clearly they were interested in astronomy because they saw this "star" at roughly a thousand miles from where the "star" would eventually rest...above where Jesus was in Bethlehem. Yet, though they were not Jews, they had knowledge of the Jewish community (some of which had stayed after Ahasuerus had them released as per the Book of Esther. When the Babylonian Talmud was compiled, these Jewish stay-behinds may have had something to do with it.) and it seems as though even though they were Gentiles they may have had more knowledge of the Word of God than many if not most Jews did!

Ever notice that though Christ originally came for the "lost sheep of the House of Israel," and even though Israel was "God's Chosen People" in Old Testament times, there are plenty of Gentiles in the Old and New Testament that had been given something special by God in order that His Will be carried out. Any Talmud believer or anyone else that still holds to the notion that only Jews are God's chosen completely miss the impact certain Gentiles had on Prophecy coming about.

On of them, in fact, is in the lineage of Christ. Not only is she a Gentile, but (assuming Jerry Falwell knows what he is talking about when, years ago--on WorldNetDaily in his column there--he called the Palestinians descendants of Edom and Moab), being from Moab (see The Book of Ruth), and marrying Boaz, the father of Jesse, the father of King David, a key person in the lineage of Christ (we know this because Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, had to report of Jerusalem, the city of David, in the Roman-enforced census under Emperor Tiberias), Ruth just might be part of the ancestry of today's Palestinians!

If this is true--Ruth and Moab, along with Philistines, Edomites, Ammonites, and other groups that hung around the Palestine-Jordan areas--then Christ, even though he was definitely a Jew (as were all from Judah/Judea) and followed the Jewish customs, might have Palestinian blood in Him as well...in any case, He definitely has Gentile blood!

Why (apart from the obvious) is this important? It is just another sign that while Christ came for the "lost sheep of the House of Israel" (a claim He makes in several places in the Gospels), He also came for the rest of mankind!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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