TEXT: Matthew 2:7-11:
After hearing from the Jewish scribes that Jesus' birth had been prophesied to take place in Bethlehem, Herod takes the wise men aside and inquires about the specific time the star appeared. Knowing that it would have taken the wise men months to determine the significance of the star, plan their journey, and then trek five hundred miles across the desert on camelback, it is safe to assume that the star had appeared several months if not more than a year prior to the wise men's arrival in Jerusalem. Herod recognizes this and asks the wise men to tell him when the star first appeared. He deduces that that must have been the time the child was born. He tells the wise men, "Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also." Of course, we know that he has no intent on doing such a thing.