"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east they came to Jerusalem"
According to the above quote is not the Magi came to Jerusalem only after Jesus had been born. So when they arrived in Jerusalem after the birth of Christ, and since there were sufficient time to occur the events of verses 2-9 (arrival in Jerusalem · Search of Christ there; Herod learns about the purpose of the visit of the Magi and invites bishops and secretaries of the people to tell him the birthplace of the Messiah; since learned the answer the calls of the Magi secretly and trying to learn exactly when the star appeared; finally sends the Magi to Bethlehem) is clear that they could be in Bethlehem on the night of his birth with the shepherds, like the tradition. If so what we can for now to say with certainty how after the birth of the visit of the Magi were, however, we can be sure that this was not the night of his birth. Later we will have the opportunity to say more on this.
Turning to the Magi and their identity will not be carried away by the current sense of the word "magician." This word is actually used in the Bible in the sense that some have today, namely the concept of the man who made several enchantments come in contact with Satan and space forces. With this sense the word is used in Acts 13/ig/6, 8 and Acts 8/i/9. However, this is not the only important that the word "sorcerer" is. Beyond this sense, the word is also used to denote a caste of priests and wise men among the Medes, Persians and Babylonians, whose education was, among other things, astronomy and natural sciences, in which over lent scientific and spiritual connotations . The LXX (Septuagint) uses the word "magician" with this meaning in the book of Daniel (see Daniel 1/a/20, 2/v/2, 10, 27, 4/d/7, 5 / e / 7, 11). So when Daniel 5/e/11 to read that Daniel was "lord of the Magi" what it means is that he was lord of this caste of learned people. In this very caste and belonged to the Magi visited the Christ. This is clear from the following facts:
i) come "on" eastern "ie the place where he lived the caste of the Magi.
ii) They were regular observers of the sky, which in turn means that they were trained and had skills in astronomy.
iii) They came searching for the Messiah (see our comments on the Matthew 2/v/3-4). A magician, like Elyma (Acts 13/ig/6-11), which like the Bible says was "the son of the devil" would not do it when it.
iv) was likely to receive revelation from God and obedient to follow it (Matthew 2/v/12). God would never contact them if they were magicians with today's sense, ie bodies of evil spirits.
Having clarified the identity of the Magi, we can now move forward:
"After Jesus was not born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east they came to Jerusalem, saying, Who is born King of the Jews? Because we have seen that the star in the east, and we came through to worship him. "
Coming of the Magi in Jerusalem began to search for the already born King of the Jews. They said they had seen his star in the east and so they came to worship him. The news, however, the birth of this King Herod did not happy. The 2/v/3-4 Matthew tells us:
"I heard and Herod the king, etarachthi, and all Jerusalem with him. And congregations all them priests and secretaries of the people, irota to learn despite what the Christ is born"
The fact that Herod began searching for the birthplace of the Messiah shows that the Wizards are not searched for an ordinary king of the Jews. Instead they were fully aware that the star which they saw announcing the birth of the king of the Jews, ie the Messiah, the Christ. So it had come from the east.
"Those they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea; because so it is written by the prophet," And thou Bethlehem, land of Judah, you are no minimum between the rulers of Judah because of thy left abbot, who shall shepherd the people My Israel. "
The citation from the Old Testament is referred to by Micah 5/e/2. The chief priests and scribes were right to identify Bethlehem as the birthplace of Christ. By then the Bible, Herod was fully aware that the Messiah had been born in Bethlehem, a few kilometers away from the palace. Nevertheless, the fact that Herod had knowledge of the Bible does not mean that he did a good use of it. Indeed, as we shall see, he used this knowledge in an effort to find and kill Jesus, after the perverted mind thought that this child was ......... a threat to his throne. If the case of Herod is a bit extreme, however, makes clear that knowledge of the Bible is not enough to produce a positive result. This is because a positive result also requires the existence of a heart that is soft enough to believe honestly and to exercise this knowledge. In other words, to produce the ratio a positive result should the mere cerebral knowledge of the Bible to be turned into knowledge which we have passed in our hearts the renewal of our minds (Romans 12/iv/1-2, Ephesians 4 / d/17-24, Colossians 3/g/1-17). If this is not done, then you may know, for example, all references to say that we should love but not love! You can not teach others to envy and myself to envy! Can I talk to one body of Christ, but when it comes to implementation, to consider the doctrine or my team as "the body" and all other Christians as my lower! Whenever we know the Bible and we have not put in our hearts the renewal of our minds, our knowledge is not merely cerebral knowledge that needs to be passed from head to heart before it has a positive effect.
But let us return again to the main theme of our article. So when Herod learned the birthplace of Christ called the Magi secretly trying to find out exactly what time the star was presented: