The Story Of The Other Wiseman Book Summary:

“Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to Me.”

In the short story, The Story of the Other Wiseman by Henry van Dyke, the fourth wise man achieves his goal almost without knowing it. Artiban wanders for many years trying to find the promised Messiah.

The journey is long for Artiban because he has a compassionate heart. On his mission he helps the poor and the sick delaying him from finding the Christ Child. After he has given all his gifts to the poor and helpless he believes he has failed his mission. Little does Artiban know that by helping others he was helping Christ.

"My Least Brethren..."

Artiban’s compassionate nature made his journey take three times longer than planned. When Artiban finds a sick man on the road he feels like he cannot leave him there to die. He gives the man his sapphire so he can buy food and medicine for himself.

In Bethlehem he saves a poor baby from the cruel hatred of Herod by giving the soldier his ruby if he will leave them in peace. With more than half of his gifts gone he continues to search for the One whom he seeks. But on the hill to Calvary he can not resist paying a ransom for a slave. He hesitates as he gives the dealer his last present-- a pearl. The journey is long for him because he has a compassionate heart that helps the poor and the sick.

The Story of the Other Wiseman :
The Mission Accomplished

After his last gift is given away, Artiban feels like he has failed his mission and prepares to go back to his homeland. Suddenly, Our Lord appears to him to thank him for his gifts and most of all, his kindness. Artiban is confused and tries to explain that for the last thirty years he has been looking for Jesus Christ and has never found Him.

Our Lord reminds him that whatever he did for others it was really done to Him.

Artiban learned that by helping others he was actually helping Christ.

  • It was Our Lord Who Artiban found sick on the road when he gave him the sapphire to buy medicine.
  • It was Christ as the poor baby Who Artiban saved by parting with his ruby.
  • It was Christ as the slave Whose freedom Artiban bought with the pearl.

Artiban later understood that by assisting others he was truly helping Our Lord.

"You Did It To Me."

This story tells the reader about the great desire of the long searching pilgrim, and how he generously gave away one by one all his gifts to the needy.

Artiban’s sympathetic nature forced him to wander through his journey, delaying him from finding the Christ Child. After his gifts have been given away Artiban believes he has failed his mission. The touching story recalls to the reader’s mind the verse:

“Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to Me.”

Artiban learned that by helping others he was actually helping Christ.


The Story of the Other Wiseman Bottom Line:

Anybody who knows me well would know that this story was not in my category. Adventure, action, danger, historic, maybe a little romance. That's me.

This story was good, but long without any danger or adventure. I enjoy action-packed novels.

But for a' that it had a good message and a sweet ending. I would  recommend it to a reader who likes short, touching stories.

Bee-Jay



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