Who were the first visitors of Jesus?
Matthew calls the visitors “Magi” (wise men) and they may well have been astrologers , following the sign of a special star in the sky. They probably came from Persia . The Magi could have come to visit weeks or even months after the shepherds visited, when Mary and Joseph had found accommodation in a house (verse 11).
What are the names of the three wise men?
From a wide assortment of names suggested for the Magi, those that eventually prevailed were Gaspar (or Caspar), Melchior, and Balthasar.
What is the job of a shepherd in the Bible?
A shepherd’s primary responsibility is the safety and welfare of the flock. Some flocks may include as many as 1,000 sheep. The shepherd will graze the animals, herding them to areas of good forage, and keeping a watchful eye out for poisonous plants.
What is the role of a shepherd in the church?
These are the sheep of the Lord, not the church leaders’ sheep. Shepherd-leaders are the oikonomos [caretakers], tasked to manage and to administer the welfare of the sheep that belong to the Master. The point is shepherd-leaders are to move beyond feeding the lambs gala [milk] to feeding the sheep broma [solid food].
Why did God chose shepherds to hear this message?
God saw the shepherds as a group who would be honest messengers. The angels’ message to them was, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). In their time, shepherds were known as people who were honest and straightforward.
What does the name Melchior mean?
German, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and French: from the personal name Melchior (a derivative of Hebrew melech ‘king’ + or ‘light’, ‘splendor’).