Unknown #10 (the Final Chapter for this series)
The Three Wise Men (or Magi) never saw Jesus in the manger as depicted in Nativity scenes around the world.
9 When they [the wise men] had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. – Matthew 2:9-11 (KJV)
Following along with the rest of the story (so we don’t take this out of context and to verify the claim), it was then that Joseph followed his dream and immediately departed a different way (eventually into Egypt per Matthew 2:13-14). In verse 16, we find the urgent command from Herod to execute all children under the age of two (as time-lined by the wise men – verse 16), further clarifying that the wise men were not at Jesus’ birth, but that they possibly took up to 2 years to find and visit Jesus.
MORAL: Don’t believe EVERYTHING the world proclaims, even when it proclaims “Christianity.”
Personally, I would never condemn someone for displaying a Nativity scene with the wise men. Rather, I’m glad they are professing their faith.
NOTE: If you liked this series on the “unknown” or little known Scriptures, please let me know. I am considering a new series on what some would call “contradictions” of the Bible, but would encourage some feedback from you. Thanks again for your support!