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Why does the Bible commend the Magi for following the star, when it condemns astrology? MATTHEW 2:2

MATTHEW 2:2— does the Bible commend the Magi following the star, when condemns astrology?

PROBLEM: The Bible condemns the of astrology (see Lev. 19:26; Deut. 18:10; Isa. 8:19), yet God blessed the wise (Magi) using a star to indicate the birth of .

SOLUTION: First, need to ask what astrology . Astrology a belief that the study of the arrangement and movement of the stars can enable one to foretell events—whether they will be good or bad.

Second, the star in the biblical account was to announce the birth of , not to foretell event. God gave the star to the Magi to proclaim to them that the child had already been born. the child was already born, because in Matthew 2:16, Herod gives a command to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and vicinity that are years old or younger in accordance with “the time he had ascertained from the Magi” (nasb).

Third, are other cases in the Bible in the stars and planets are by God to reveal His desires. Psalm 19:1–6 affirms that the heavens declare God’s glory, and Romans 1:18–20 teaches that creation reveals God’s existence. refers to what will happen to the sun, moon, and stars in connection with His second coming (Matt 24:29–30), as did the prophet Joel (2:31–32). The star guiding the Magi was not to predict, but to proclaim the birth of .

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[1], N. L., & Howe, T. A. (1992). When critics ask : A popular handbook on Bible difficulties (326). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor .

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