verse 12: And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
We have another dream, in a pivotal part of the story of Jesus’ birth and infancy. The wise men, after seeing the Holy One, decide not to return to their country via Herod’s home, but to travel a different way entirely. They were warned in a dream. I wonder if they all had the same dream- did they argue about it in the morning? Was one of the Magi a “rules guy” who felt they should return to Herod? Was it shorter to go via Herod? Did they believe they were under Herod’s law and bound to do what he had asked? All of that doesn’t matter- they did what God instructed them to do. God’s message in that dream cut through all of the other conflicts they were needing to work out. They needed to protect Jesus from Herod, and so they did. May God’s direction be clear to me, just like His direction was clear to the Magi.
Lord, speak to me and allow me to hear and understand. Amen
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