Truth Versus Tradition: His Star
What was the star referred to in Matthew 2?
Matthew2:1 Now when [after] Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Matthew 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
This article is a little different than others I have offered. I have some information to offer as to what this star was, but I would like to get your input first. Do you have any Biblical or astronomical information to offer that we could consider before proceeding further?
I can tell you one thing that the star could NOT have been and that is the way it is portrayed in traditional pictures. It could not have been a super brilliant “star” that aimed a beam of laser-like light on the stable in which was the manger where the baby Jesus lay. First, the wise men had seen this same star while still in the East, many days (actually, more than a year) before their arrival in Jerusalem. Second, the wise men were not in Jerusalem and then proceeding to Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth when “the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was” (Matthew 2:9). The record says “young child,” not, “babe.” Also, Herod inquired of them when they had seen the star. Later, when the wise men did not return to him, Herod was “exceeding wroth” and “sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men” (Matthew 2:16). Third, had this star been a super brilliant celestial phenomenon that aimed a laser at the stable, wouldn’t that have attracted the attention of EVERYONE for many miles around? Can you imagine living in those times, seeing such a spectacle, being within walking distance, and not checking it out? Can you imagine that NO ONE did? Surely, had there been multitudes present, there would have been some mention of that fact in the record.
So “the star” was certainly not the traditional picture, but what was it? If you have anything to contribute, I’d love to hear from you.