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A Star is Born!

Posted on December 14, 2015 with 0 comments

 

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”(Matt 2:1-2)

Who did they come to worship? Him. The star? No Him— the Maker of the stars.

Within a few short weeks, our large Broadway-style theater, with a seating capacity of 2,963, sold out of tickets to see a psychic medium; in particular, one claiming to talk to the dead, or dearly departed. I have seen this individual on various television programs, and I am baffled how people find any sense of validation by this person or profession. Repeatedly, answers are given that are largely general in nature and are basic words of comfort that most people learn in Psychology 101. Then if one were to go a step further and pursue a degree in Psychology, such as I have, you would hear words of compassion that come from studying human behavior and having an understanding of human nature. Add years of life experience to the mix, and you have age-old wisdom. For good measure, add in Biblical study, or other spiritual study, and you have words of knowledge.

While I acknowledge that spirits are real, it must also be carefully noted that not all spirits are good: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Further, we are commanded in Scripture to Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God”(Lev 19:31). If you’re still not convinced of what your stance ought to be on mediums, I offer Deuteronomy 18:9-14: “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.  You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.  For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you (emphasis mine).

There are many more Scripture verses that support contempt for these “false prophets” not only in the Old Testament but in the New Testament as well, namely the Book of Acts, Galatians and Revelation. Jesus, himself, said: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16:13). Previously, in John 14:26, Jesus defined who that “Spirit of Truth” is, stating it was the “Holy Spirit” whom the Father would send to teach us all things.

Friends, we do not need to “look to the stars” when we can look to the Maker of the stars for our peace and comfort— in this, we are commanded. The wise men sought Him, through the star in the East, but the disciple tells us, they came to worship HIM, the “Star” that had been born.