December 22, 2019
The Shepherds Saw
Matthew 2:7 (KJB) Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
Without further information garnered from nearby scripture, in isolation of this verse, it may seem as if King Herod had acted with an appropriate interest in welcoming this newborn king, Jesus Christ, into the world. However, the king’s diligent questioning towards the shepherds concerning what they saw in the sky was not as innocent as it seemed to be.
Herod knew that the shepherds in the field at the time of His birth had observed a special star in the sky. These shepherds were familiar with the night sky having gazed upon it many long starry nights. Herod pulled them aside and grilled them concerning the details of this one particular night. This information gathering was not for learning more about Jesus, but rather for initiating his wicked maneuvers.
Above all, King Herod had self-interests above anything to do with welcoming baby Jesus and bearing precious gifts to honor His arrival into this world.
Herod began to devise wicked intentions, having hatched a plan for his henchmen to kill every young boy born around the time of the appearing of this star in the sky which these shepherds had witnessed — thereby ending the life of this young child associated with the appearing of this star.