Jan. 5 – Matthew 2

In this chapter we have some men who have traveled a long ways to find Jesus and to worship Him. The bible calls them ‘wise’ men. We don’t know how many there were but that doesn’t matter. There are some things that we can learn from these nameless wise men.

Worship means to give worth to some thing or some one. If I spend money on some thing or some one I have given them worth. If I take time for an activity or to be with some person I have just given the activity or person worth. In both instances I have said that the activity or person or thing was valued by me.

These wise men showed that they valued Jesus by leaving friends and family, by interrupting their schedules to travel a long way by animal and perhaps on foot, by stopping to ask for directions (not a typical guy thing to do), by bringing costly gifts, and by humbling themselves to bow to a toddler! In other words their worship cost them something and this must have really pleased God. God probably said, “Wow these guys really do value me above anything or anybody else.” I think of the time Jesus said “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” Matthew 10:37–39

God really does love those who put Him above everything else.

Compare the actions of the wise men(who didn’t have a bible to read) to those of the priests. The priests read the bible. They knew where Jesus was going to be born. They were only about 5 miles from Bethlehem. They were in the word but the word wasn’t in them. They weren’t interested in going to worship. Apparently they considered the cost and Jesus just wasn’t worth it!

What about us? We have bibles. Will we read our bibles? Will we let the word of God in our bibles influence us to obey and worship Jesus? Or will we consider the cost and come to the conclusion that Jesus just isn’t worth our time and energy? Would God call us wise people. Would He say, “Wow these people of Hilltop really do value me!”

When the wise men finished their worship they heard from God! He gave them direction for the next steps in their lives. There is a reward in giving worth to God and His word > direction in Life!

Psalm 119:105 (TNIV) — 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Be worshipful and be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Joe DeLaCruz says

    This chapter also tells me that there will be times when you have to step out of your comfort zone. You’ll be called to worship in ways that may seem foreign or you’re just not comfortable with. The challenge is to obey God and when you do He will lead you upon a righteous path for your life and show you wondrous things. Praise God!