No wise men in this bunch.
God was everything to Israel. The Creator, God Almighty, favored them above all nations. All they had to do was follow His commandments. Well, we know that they failed time and again, but were forgiven when they came back to Him. Because God was Father to His chosen children He always took them back. He treated them as a husband who loved His bride, yet they wanted to be like the other nations and have a king rule over them. Wise men? Nah…. pretty stupid, don’t you think?
So, a man was picked who was head and shoulders above the rest, and none in Israel was more handsome than he. Quite the hunk according to what is written. When the time came to anoint Saul as king they had to search for him, he was hiding. Some king! They should have known right then and there the error they had made. Too late for changing minds, God had lessons to teach.
They had been warned.
“This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, and will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. Wow! Can you see that things now are pretty much the same? We have gone into our 17th straight year of war as kings attempt to plunder each other. Taxes are spent on weapons of war and sons and daughters are sent to die in the service of the one who rules. We have become a nation without God.
He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks and bakers. And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.” (1 Samuel 8:11-18) Yet they still clambered for a king.
Saul proved to do all of this and more as he ruled with a heavy hand over God’s chosen people. Why do men refuse to believe God’s prophets?
There were wise men that did believe.
Wise men traveled far following a star. These were men who studied the heavens that declare the glory of God. Had they read the prophets? Perhaps Isaiah? “For unto us a child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over the kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
It is not for us to know more than that they followed a star. They knew they were journeying to worship God’s promised King. But, it is for us to know that Christ’s kingdom will be established just as the prophets foretold.
Wise men and women still believe the prophets.
Because so much has been fulfilled in prophecies written long ago we are left without excuse. Jesus came and conquered sin and death giving Satan a mortal blow. Now wise men and women await His return. Soon He will put an end to those who reject Him as King. How sad to see that most still refuse to believe. Ignoring warnings has never worked out, and we are left without reason to think that it will be different for us. By giving warnings through His prophets God is intending to grant His grace. It makes no sense to run from the only One who can save you. There is no where to run except into the arms of self-deceit. “So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)
For those who do believe, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)