The Magi came to Jerusalem seeking the, “King of the Jews” (Matt 2:2). King Herod knew he was not the King of the Jews, for he was an Idumaen; a descendant of Esau. The image that arises is the struggle between Esau and Jacob; a struggle between the Godly and the ungodly. This struggle is played out in the three character types of Matt 2: The Magi, King Herod, and the Pharisees.
The Magi traveled a great distance to find the King. No distance, no time, or expense was too great for them to expend in order to find and worship at the feet of Jesus. The Pharisees were well schooled and expecting Messiah, but upon His arrival they were indifferent, for they would not walk 6 miles to Bethlehem to worship Him. Herod’s only interest was his grasp on power, and if he had to kill God in order to keep it, that was fine with him.
These images speak to us. We are either seeking to worship Jesus, we are indifferent to Him, or we are trying to kill Him in our lives in order to hold onto this world. We must ask this: In which character do we see our self?
Seeking the King,