No matter how hard astronomers have tried, they have not been able to find the star the magi followed to Bethlehem.
According to Mathew’s account, some wise men came from the east to worship the newly born king of the Jews. (Nowhere in the bible is stated the number of magi or their names)
Here are the verses:
2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2:2 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.
After reading these passages, I can tell that those wise men were not so wise. If the star was guiding them to Bethlehem:
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.
Why did they stop to inquire about Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– in Jerusalem? Did they not know that Herod was a usurper, and that at the moment he knew of the birth of the king of the Jews, he would try to harm him?
It was not the wise men who made that stupid mistake. It was Mathew, but it was not an honest mistake at all. He needed them to make that mistake because it served his purpose.
But the truth is there were no wise men and no star. Mathew was simply trying to complete one more of the prophecies he thought his messiah had to fulfill. Here it is:
24:15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
24:16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:
24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
24:18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.
24:19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.
24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.
Mathew was trying to fulfill Balaam’s prophecy. But Balaam was not talking of a star in the physical sense. It was a metaphor! The star was a deliverer from the line of Jacob, which could be anybody, for all the twelve tribes came from him.
That is why the star cannot be tracked. It never existed. By creating that story, Mathew was trying to imply that not only the Jews had to worship the new messiah, but all of us because he came to save us all.
No star behaves the way “Mathew’s star” did. It moved and it stopped at a particular site!
As for the stupid mistake the magi made, it was not that stupid after all. Mathew prepared the setting to fulfill his next “prophecy”:
31:15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
The problem for Mathew was that this prophecy was not even related to any messiah. Jeremiah was talking about the time the Israelites were deported to Babylon.
As I said before, Mathew was not very knowledgeable in the Hebrew traditions. He mistook, children, meaning sons and daughters, for kids. That was why he needed Herod to “know” about the birth of Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus, so Mathew could invent the “slaughter of the innocent”, put the blame on Herod and fulfill “his prophecy”.
If that slaughter had really happened, Luke would have written about it, don’t you think? But Luke made no reference of it in his gospel.
Mathew was a mission, creating the perfect Messiah. And he was determined to achieve it even if he had to fulfill prophecies that were not even related to him.
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