How many wise men were there? We are approaching the time of year in which the birth of Christ is celebrated. How well do you know the story of the birth of Christ as it is recorded in the Bible?
How many wise men were there? Most will very quickly respond that there were three...but are you sure?
Wise men are mentioned in Matthew’s account of the birth. Matthew 2:1-12 records the account of the wisemen if you would like to read it.
Matthew 2:11 tells us that the wise men brought three gifts, but never specifies how many men there are. The reality is, there could be 2, 5 or 20 for that matter. While one might think that this is a small detail, we must remember that the difference between truth and a lie is simply the details.
Matthew 2:11 says, “And when they had 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 gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Notice also where the wise men met Jesus. They came to the house. Luke teaches that the shepherds that cane found him in the manger, but by the time the wise men got there he was in a house...contrary to most stories regarding Christmas.
This example just goes to show that just because something is commonly believed does not make it true. In order to be true it must come directly from the word of God without changes or preconceived notions.