Able and Unwilling.

When Jesus was born, a group of wise men from the East came searching for him. They ended up in Jerusalem, where they asked Herod for directions to the King of the Jews. Herod summoned the chief priests and scribes and asked them where the Messiah was to be born. The religious leaders cited Micah 5:2, which states that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
Here is the amazing thing about this passage: the religious leaders had the ability to read the Scriptures and understand biblical facts. They knew what passage to go to when asked about the Messiah’s birth…BUT, they were unwilling to go to Bethlehem. They were unwilling to act on the truth they knew.
We are reminded of the danger of mere biblical knowledge. Biblical knowledge is certainly part of spiritual growth and maturity, but it is not the only part. Plus, biblical knowledge is only as good as the Christian’s ability to implement it in their life. Let’s not be like the religious leaders, who know but do not act. Let us be like the wise men, who hear that the Christ is in Bethlehem and then go to worship Him!


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