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The Star of Bayith Lechem

Please read the following chapter of MattithYahuw completely and carefully. Then we will discuss some of the very important things which are contained therein and which have been much misconstrued and distorted.

MattithYahuw 2 - Moreover after Yahushua was born in Bayith Lechem of Yahudah in the days of Herodes the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Yeruwshalom
{2} saying, "Where is He Who has been born King of the Yahudiym? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."
{3} Moreover Herodes the king heard, he was troubled, and all Yeruwshalom with him.
{4} And when he had gathered all the chief temple officials and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Anointed was to be born.
{5} Moreover they said to him, "In Bayith Lechem of Yahudah, for thus it is written through the prophet,
{6} 'And you, Bayith Lechem, in the land of Yahudah, are not the least in the rulers of Yahudah, for out of you shall come a Ruler that will feed My people Yisra'el.'"
{7} Then Herodes, when he had secretly called the wise men, diligently inquired from them what time the star appeared.
{8} And he sent them into Bayith Lechem and said, "Go. Search out carefully about the young Child. Moreover, when you have found, bring me word that I also may come and worship Him."
{9} Moreover they heard the king they departed, and behold, the star that they had seen in the East went before them until it came and stood over where the young Child was.
{10} Moreover when they saw the star they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
{11} And when they had come into the house to find the young Child with Miryam His mother and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented sacrificial gifts to Him, golden ornaments, frankincense, and myrrh.
{12} And being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herodes, they departed into their region another way.
{13} Moreover when they had departed, behold, a messenger of Yahuwah appeared to Yowseph in a dream saying, "Arise! Take the young Child and His mother and flee into Mitsrayim and stay there until I bring you word, for Herodes will seek the young Child to destroy Him."
{14} Moreover when he arose he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed into Mitsrayim
{15} and was there until the decease of Herodes that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Yahuwah through the prophet saying, "Out of Mitsrayim I called My Son."
{16} Then Herodes, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was greatly incensed and sent forth and put to death all the children who were in Bayith Lechem and in all its districts from two years old and downward according to the time that he had diligently inquired from the wise men.
{17} Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by YirmeYahuw the prophet saying,
{18} "A voice was heard in Ramah. Lamentation, weeping, and much mourning. Rachel wept for her sons, and would not be comforted because they are no more."
{19} Moreover when Herodes had died, behold, a messenger of Yahuwah appeared in a dream to Yowseph in Mitsrayim
{20} saying, "Arise! Take the young Child and His mother and go into the land of Yisra'el, for those who sought the young Child's life have died."
{21} Moreover he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Yisra'el.
{22} Moreover when he heard that Archelaos was reigning over Yahudah instead of his father Herodes, he was afraid to go there. Yet being divinely warned in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galiyl.
{23} And he came into and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets that He shall be called a Naziyr.

The major points of discussion will be centered around the words/phrases below and their meanings. Note that the definitions given are from the Strong's Greek dictionary.

Discussion - Verses 1 and 2
Go outside tonight after dark, look toward the east and find a star in the sky. Any star will do. Then just watch that star. What you will see happen after some time is that the star's position will appear to change. It will be traveling westward at a speed of approximately 1000 MPH, which just happens to be the speed at which the earth rotates. The apparent motion of the star is really your motion. The star is so far away from you that it would take a displacement of many light years before the angular change was sufficient for you to see it. So what the Magi saw and followed was not a star in the sense of the stellar nuclear furnaces like our sun, but something else entirely.

Let me ask you two questions now.

Discussion - Verse 3
Herodes was troubled because anyone claiming to be the king of Yahudah threatened his own reign and the succession of his heirs to that throne. Sufficient reason to be concerned, don't you think?

Discussion - Verses 4, 5, and 6
When Herodes asked the administrators where the Anointed would be born according to scripture, he unwittingly confirmed that Yahushua is the Anointed. He forced them to produce the scripture (Miykah 2:5) which Yahushua fulfilled in its entirety.

Discussion - Verses 7 and 8
Herodes determined exactly when they had seen this "star" and so knew the approximate date of Yahushua's birth. He then deceitfully sent them to find Him so he could kill Him.

Discussion - Verses 9 and 10
So they saw the "star" again and this time followed it to their destination. Take note that when you tried to follow your star that you had no success, yet this "star" actually went "before them" and guided them to a specific spot on the earth.

Go back outside and find your star again. Then try to find a point, such as a house or even a city, directly beneath it.

Once again, the distance of your star from the earth precludes your doing this. Any movement you make toward an object on the earth will not diminish the angle between it, you, and the star to any perceptible extent.

So what was the Star of Bayith Lechem? I don't know. I do know that it was definitely not a solar furnace such as our star that was outside the atmosphere of this planet. It had to be an object that was bright, ergo it was called a "star," and it had to be at a low enough altitude INSIDE THE ATMOSPHERE in order to be able to determine its physical location with any degree of accuracy.

Discussion - Verse 11
So they found Yahushua, gave Him gifts, and worshipped Him.

How old was Yahushua when they first saw Him? Look carefully at what is stated in the chapter. He and His mother were in a HOUSE and not a stable. So when these guys saw Him it was NOT at His birth but some two years later. He was NOT a babe in swaddling clothes by this time but a rambunctious two year old.

This is the first time the wise men have seen him, so the answer to the first question above, is NONE! No wise men were at His birth at all. They didn't see Him until He was around two years old.

Discussion - Verses 12 through 15
The Magi completed their reason for their journey and returned home. Yowseph fled with Yahushua and His mother into Mitsrayim.

Take note that the only word used to define the wise men is the Greek word magos and its variants. There is never any word added to the phrase to quantify them. There may have been two, or three, or three dozen of them. Nobody knows. All that can be said for certain is that there were more than one. The tradition of three is probably adduced from there being three gifts mentioned, but two could have easily given three gifts, or two dozen could have done the same. That number of gifts is not proof of how many wise men are in this story.

So the answer to the second question is, NOBODY KNOWS. All we can really say is that there were more than one.

Discussion - Verses 16 through 18
Herodes had "diligently inquired" of the Magi about when they first saw His "star." From the time that they told him they had first seen it he made the determination that the "young child" was on the order of two years old, or very close to it. This is why he chose this particular age group of boys to murder.

All of the traditional "manger scenes" are just that. Tradition. There is no truth to much of what they depict.

For instance, they invariably show a straw roofed hut or lean-to made out of wood. This is what most people think of when they think of a stable. In early Bayith Lechem it was not so. As a matter of fact, it isn't always so even today. Grottoes (caves) that abound in that area have traditionally been used as stables by the local people. So Yahushua was more than likely born in a cave rather than in a stable like most think. Note that the so-called Church of the Nativity in Bayith Lechem is built over a cave that was used as stable in the first century CE.

Discussion - Verses 19 through 23
These verses have nothing explicit to add to the discussion of His birth but are still interesting in the prophesy that they inevitably fulfill.

Fulfilled prophecy is the major determining factor is making the statement that scripture is true. No other book in the history of the world has prophecy like this, and no other book in history has ever had prophecy fulfilled in this manner. To this point, there has not been even one prophecy made in scripture that hasn't been fulfilled in the exact manner that it was stated. There is some prophecy yet to be fulfilled, but if you look around you at this world, you will see it gathering as the end approaches.

One point that all who read this should pick up on immediately is that most of the "traditions" of the so-called church do NOT match the words of scripture. This is a problem not only with the story of the birth of Yahushua haMashiach but with many other areas of the scripture also. We must read for ourselves and look at what is really said instead of blindly accepting the tales and fabrications being foisted off on us by satan (saw-tawn) and his servants.

Remember! You will be judged on what you have personally said, done, and believed. None of the people to whom you are listening to will be able to take the blame for you. There will be no "I didn't know" excuse when you stand in front of our Creator Yahuwah, as He has provided all the necessary information to everyone equally.

C.F. Castleberry