I just finished watching “The Star of Bethlehem” on DVD tonight. It was given to me as an early Christmas present by one of our friends at church. She asked me to watch it before Christmas. Now I know why.
It’s incredible. Mr. Frederick Larson has done significant research into the “Star of Bethlehem” talked about in Matthew’s Gospel.
The reason he did the research? A simple lawn-decoration in his front yard caused his lawyer-mind to go into overdrive to make it as genuine as possible. He started down the path of researching just what was that “star in the East” to now presenting his findings to thousands each year!
The DVD is a presentation he gives to about 20-people in a unique-looking library. It’s very well produced with plenty of graphics and motion to keep my attention – even at this late-hour!
I was impressed with Larson’s findings and some of his hypotheses sparked something inside of me:
Matthew 2:1-2 – 1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem
2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
I don’t know that I’ve ever been challenged to understand the fact that these Magi from the East – these “astrologers” were so deliberate to find the king of the Jews and more importantly that they say that they desire to worship him. “…and have come to worship him.”
Babylonian Astrologers wanting to worship the King of the Jews? Interesting, no?
Remember Daniel? Daniel chapter 2 reminds us that Daniel (captive Jew) was made chief “Magus” over King Nebuchadnezer’s magi!
What if these Magi were the 500-year-later, trained-in-the-school-of-Daniel magi that would obviously seek to worship the King of the Jews foretold about in Scripture?!
I loved that question/answer/hypothesis!