"And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. 6 But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east."
Abraham sends his other sons to the east with gifts. In Matthew 2, Magi come FROM the east bearing gifts for the seed of Abraham. The circle is complete. Those sent away, outside the covenant family, are again brought near. They are willing to make the trip across the sand, for God draws them. Epiphany is a time to remember that God shines on and guides outcasts to Himself. Foreigners. Those with a past. Those rejected before. But many shall come from east and west and sit down with Abraham in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus says. And here we are. We are the Gentiles coming to the light of Christ that God promised so long ago, that many have labored for.
We are part of the flock that Jesus bought with His blood on the cross. Believe Him that He has shepherded you clear of God’s wrath for your sin. Thank Him for providing You with life and forgiveness, found in Christ Himself.