The story of Israel is a tragic one. Allow me for a moment to tie it back to the story of the wise men. For 2000 years Abraham's descendents in the east passed on the promise of the Seed who would be born in the land of promise through the line of Isaac. For 2000 years they waited for the star, waited for the One who would die to rescue mankind. 2000 years later the star appeared and wise men traveled on camel over 2000km across deserts and through sandstorms th...at completely black out the sun. They traveled for over 2 years to get to Jerusalem expecting to find a celebration and joy. Instead they found a confused Herod seeking further information from the Jewish scribes. Picture the scene. We are not talking about 3 curious star gazers. Isaiah 60 says the multitude of their camels covered the land. This was embarrassing and threatening at the same time. They came with a simple question. "Where is He who is born king of the Jews for we have seen is star from the east and we have come to worship Him."
Keep in mind that Jesus is over 2 years old now and Bethlehem is only 7km from Jerusalem yet Herod and his entourage are scrambling. They don't know the answer. He sends for those with the Book. They open the scrolls and find that Seed Who is to bless all nations is to be born in Bethlehem (the house of bread).
They had the information in their hands all along yet He arrived unknown to them. How can this be? Didn't they see the star? Didn't angels appear to shepherds the night He was born? Surely they all heard something about it...
There is an expression that says "There are none so blind as those who will not see." The truth is they did hear but what they heard didn't fit their theories so they dismissed the rumours. I mean really - a baby? Angels talking to shepherds? Born in obscurity and placed in a feed trough (manger). It was probably on the front page of The Enquirer for crying out loud.
Let me make it plain. Pharaoh was too proud to bow to anyone and the Jews were too proud for a lowly Saviour. If He had been the real Messiah He would have come with more pomp and made Himself known to the High Priest and the Sanhedrin. Surely He wouldn't ignore them to speak to shepherds. Then to add insult to injury a bunch of "black skinned" gentiles from heathen lands show up to worship a baby? Ridiculous!!!
Pride is blinding. The Bible describes God's self professed "church" at the close of earth's history as being blind. It is fair warning. Mercy is available to all. Some will choose to be vessels of dishonor and refuse His mercy.
""Father please open our eyes and shatter our pride filled hearts. Give us hearts that feel our need and eyes that see in You everything we need."