631. The Star of the King

Matthew 2  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 11
Matthew 2:22Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. (Matthew 2:2). Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
When the preparations were making for the coronation of Solyman III as king of Persia in 1666, the astrologers had very important duties assigned them, according to the custom of their country. Sir John Chardin, who was present, says that these astrologers were appointed “to observe the lucky hour, according to the position of the stars, for the performance of this weighty ceremony” (Coronation of Solyman III, p. 36).
The wise men mentioned in the text may have supposed, from what they had seen of the star, that it was a favorable time for the coronation of the new-born King, and hence they came to worship him.