It is the time of year for Nativity plays to take place, with the vast majority of them (if not all) not true to what actually happened according to the Bible.
Take the wise men for example that we read about in Matthew chapter 2.
We are told that they were “wise men from the east”; yet our tradition tells us that they were kings and that there were 3 of them.
Tradition tells us that they followed a star to the stable in Bethlehem where they met with the baby Jesus.
Every Nativity scene or play that I have seen shows the 3 kings in the stable at the same time as the shepherds, but this is not what the Bible says.
Rightly dividing the Word shows us that the wise men (however many of them that there was) met with Jesus when he was a small child in the family home in Nazareth.
The Greek word for young child in Matthew 2 v 11 tells us that Jesus was not a baby, but the Greek says he was a baby when the shepherds met Him in Luke 2 v 17.
In Luke 2 v 39 we are told that Joseph, Mary and Jesus returned to Nazareth after meeting all the obligations that they had to in the temple; this occurred when Jesus was 8 days old.
The Word says that Herod sent the wise men to Bethlehem, but it does not say they went to Bethlehem; after leaving Herod they followed the star to Jesus and this would have been to Nazareth.
We can all remove the 3 kings, or 3 wise men from our Nativity scenes!
So, am I writing this to spoil the Nativity for you?
No, I am pointing this out to show you that the traditions of man have spoiled and perverted the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus, and if they did it for His birth they can do it for other parts of Scripture.
Traditions of man have come in and twisted Scripture so that we do not get the full significance of His birth, the understanding that His birth was a picture of His mission and eventual death.
That significance has been lost in all the traditions.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, help me rightly divide this without the influence of the traditions of man”.
Matthew 2 v 11…..And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and they fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh