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“Wise men are those who see through to what is behind nature, and in doing so see nature for what it is. And it brings them great joy…

Ultimately if we do not recognize God as creator, we cannot stand in right relation to the natural world—no matter how much we love or care for it. And if we do not worship the Creator, we will worship mere creatures, or even our own selves…

It is bracing to consider that the petty king in Jerusalem presumably saw the same stars the Eastern magj did. There were not bright city lights—or other bright indoor distractions—to obscure the night sky. He and others probably noticed a remarkable celestial phenomenon. Herod even seems, at least when he is confronted by the magi, to recognize that the star announces the birth of the long-expected one…

True wise men not only see through nature to the one behind nature. They want to worship him…” -John A. Cuddeback “What Stars Can Teach Us