THE STAR-SHIP OF BETHLEHEM
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of king Herod, behold there came wise-men from the east to Jerusalem, saying where is he that is born king of the Jews for we have seen his STAR
In the east and come here to worship him (Mat. 2:1-2). Then Herod privately called the wise men, inquiring diligently at exactly what time the STAR
appeared (Mat. 2:7).
When they had heard the king they departed and lo, the STAR
which they saw in the east went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was (Mat. 2:9). When they saw the STAR
they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy (Mat. 2:10). And when they were come into the house they saw the young child with Mary his mother and fell down to worship him, and presented treasure of gold and exotic herbs (mat. 2:10). And there were near Bethlehem, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the ANGEL OF THE LORD
came upon them, and the glory of the lord shone brightly all around them, and they were sore afraid. And the ANGEL
said “Fear not for behold I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto this day is born a savior, which is Christ the lord”? Then suddenly there was with the ANGEL
a multitude of heavenly host praising god and saying glory to god in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men. And it came to pass that when the ANGELS
were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, let us go now to Bethlehem and see that which the lord has made known to us (Luke 2:8-15).
“For there were in that area (Bethlehem) shepherds abiding in the field, watching their flocks by night” (Luke 2:8).