Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Twelfth Day of Christmas

So here we are at Epiphany. The verse for this last day of Christmas is Matthew 2: 12, again about the Wise Men:

And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

(For the whole passage go to Matthew 2:1-12)

Once again, the Wise Men get very specific guidance from God. This time in a dream. They understood this dream as a message. They must have been open to such things. Dreams are a common method of divine communicaiton, appearing several times in the Bible.

They obeyed that dream. Whether they already suspected Herod or not, whether they all had the dream or just one of them, they believed what they were told and and acted on it. This story is marked by these men's obedience.

It is unlikely that I will ever be given instructions that have such eternal consequences as saving the Messiah from death. However, if I am given any "marching orders" from God. I hope I will obey.

Merry Christmas, everyone!! And a blessed year until this season rolls around again.

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