I hate it when this happens. Everyone gets the memo except me.
Ok, will someone please tell me what’s going on? I want to be in on it too!
So who is paying attention to what God is doing? Joseph and Mary hear God’s voice. The wise men from the east see the star. There are a few others.
But what is striking about this story is who is out of the loop.
Almost everyone else on the planet!
Especially troubling is who should have been in the know but seem oblivious. King Herod and the entire religious community in Jerusalem!
Even more unsettling is their reaction when the wise men informed them of the birth of their King. Matthew says Herod was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
Not only are they out of the loop, they are so far out they can’t recognize God’s purposes when they are announced and confirmed from Scripture. Worse yet, Herod hatches a scheme to thwart them.
I don’t think the memo helped.
Really disappointing stuff! God came to be with them and they missed it. Carried on as before or worse!
Today it’s different, right? I’m not so sure.
Forgive me if I wonder where we fit in this story.
Out of the loop? Carrying on as before? Even opposing God’s purposes?
The King is here. The Teacher is ever-present. God’s will is for us to become more like Him!
So, who is paying attention to what God is doing this time?