Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.
Was the star of Bethlehem a sign from God that he placed in the sky? We have to consider some things mentioned in the bible first to answer that question. Why was it that only the wise men. Which is actually not an accurate interpretation because they were astrologers , be the only ones to see the star?
We are not to look for signs and omens. This is what those who read the stars do. Those doing these things are clearly frowned upon by God. Looking for signs and omens in the stars is considered a form of idolism to God. It is a form of divination which we are told we are not to do. So looking to the stars for omens is frowned on by God and not something he approves of. Those who practiced such things referred to them as wise men but in God’s eyes they were not wise. This is why only Daniel could reveal the meaning of the kings dreams and his wise men could not.
Now the so called wise mean clearly were looking to the stars for omens showing they were astrologers. . King Herod wanted to kill Jesus. The supposed wise men were not led to Jesus first but they were led to Herod. Herod gave instructions to the astrologers to find Jesus and report where he was. Do you believe God would guide those who would have made the infant Jesus vulnerable by exposing to Herod where Jesus was? Clearly Satan would not have wanted the prophecy fulfilled because it meant salvation was near for man. As a matter of fact God had given them a warning in their dreams not to tell Herod where Jesus was located. If the star was from God don’t you think he would have showed Israel first instead of the astrologers that Herod was trying to use to locate Jesus so he could have him executed?
Jesus was no longer an infant when the astrologers found him and the astrologers set things in motion that resulted in Jesus life being in danger. This resulted in the king having many children slaughtered. Because God had warned the astrologers they had to flee also because if they had reported to Herod then they would have had to answer to God. Do you think God would have set things in motion to cause such a horrible thing to happen? Joseph and Mary had to flee to safety to protect Jesus life. The astrologers had informed the king of Jesus age.
Does the fact that the wise men were going to do obeisance to Jesus indicate they were from God? No they viewed Jesus as a king and not as the messiah who would provide the ransom sacrifice. Their obeisance may have been out of respect for his position of authority. There is no indication their obeisance was out of love for God and what he was about to do for man. If they were from God they would have known the true meaning of Jesus birth. Something else to take note of this star seemed to move guiding the astrologers to Jesus, but this star did not appear to Israel. If it was truly from God don’t you think God would have guided Israel to Jesus first? The events that occurred after these astrologers found Jesus indicates the star clearly was not from God. The astrologers would use the stars to tell fortunes and look for omens something God did not approve of. Do you think God would have shown those who were doing things he did not approve of the location of Jesus first? Of course he wouldn’t. Because idolatry is a form of worship to Satan, it is clear Satan was leading the astrologers to Jesus.
(Isaiah 47:13) 13 You have grown weary with the multitude of your advisers. Let them stand up now and save you, Those who worship the heavens, who gaze at the stars, Those giving out knowledge at the new moons About the things that will come upon you.
(Daniel 5:7) 7 The king called out loudly to summon the conjurers, the Chal·deʹans, and the astrologers. The king said to the wise men of Babylon: “Any man who reads this writing and tells me its interpretation will be clothed with purple, a gold necklace will be placed around his neck, and he will rule as the third one in the kingdom.. . .
(Leviticus 19:26) 26 “‘You must eat nothing containing blood. “‘You must not look for omens or practice magic.
(1 Samuel 15:22, 23) 22 Samuel then said: “Does Jehovah take as much pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of Jehovah? Look! To obey is better than a sacrifice, and to pay attention than the fat of rams; 23 for rebelliousness is the same as the sin of divination, and pushing ahead presumptuously the same as using magical power and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of Jehovah, he has rejected you from being king.”
(Matthew 2:1-3) 2 After Jesus had been born in Bethʹle·hem of Ju·deʹa in the days of Herod the king, look! astrologers from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying: “Where is the one born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when we were in the East, and we have come to do obeisance to him.” 3 At hearing this, King Herod was agitated, and all Jerusalem with him.
(Matthew 2:7-9) 7 Then Herod secretly summoned the astrologers and carefully ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearing. 8 When sending them to Bethʹle·hem, he said: “Go make a careful search for the young child, and when you have found him, report back to me so that I too may go and do obeisance to him.” 9 After they had heard the king, they went their way, and look! the star they had seen when they were in the East went ahead of them until it came to a stop above where the young child was.
(Matthew 2:9-12) 9 After they had heard the king, they went their way, and look! the star they had seen when they were in the East went ahead of them until it came to a stop above where the young child was. 10 On seeing the star, they rejoiced with great joy. 11 And when they went into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and falling down, they did obeisance to him. They also opened their treasures and presented him with gifts—gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 However, because they were given divine warning in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.
(Job 34:10) 10 So listen to me, you men of understanding: It is unthinkable for the true God to act wickedly, For the Almighty to do wrong!
(Deuteronomy 18:9-12) 9 “When you have entered into the land that Jehovah your God is giving you, you must not learn to imitate the detestable practices of those nations. 10 There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, anyone practicing magic, anyone who looks for omens, a sorcerer, 11 anyone binding others with a spell, anyone who consults a spirit medium or a fortune-teller, or anyone who inquires of the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable practices Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you.