Everyone who has heard the story of Jesus in the manger knows that three wise men guided by a bright star in the night sky showed up at one point, and presented gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the Christ child. But were there really three wise men? The Bible is not specific about the Magi, who they are, or what these "wise men of the East" were doing as they roamed the desert.
Wise Men In The Bible
According to Matthew 2:1-12, wise men followed a star to Bethlehem and began to inquire about this king of the Jews, who seemed to have just been born. This caused quite a stir, especially with King Herod, who surrounded all the priests and intellectuals demanding to know why so many people were coming to see this mysterious child. He interpreted the prophecy, and Herod instructed the wise men to kill him on his way back, but he was "warned in a dream" that he was sketchy. After giving up on his gifts, he took a different path out of the forever home and into a good book.