Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star at its rising and have come to worship Him.
And when Herod the king heard this, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him.
God gave the magi a shining star to guide them (2:2). This star did not appear in the Holy Land. It appeared to men far away—far away from the Holy Land; far away from the holy city; far away from the holy temple and the holy religion; far away from the holy Bible, the holy people, and the holy priests. Far away from all these holy things, the shining star appeared to some pagan men in a pagan land. The shining of that star stirred up these pagan wise men regarding the King of the Jews. They came from the East, the Orient, and realized that the star indicated the King of the Jews.