4 And getting together all the chief priests and lawyers of the people he asked them where the Christ is to be born.
5 Now they said to him: “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it has been written by the prophet:
Herod realises that he is out of his depth and is ignorant of what the wise man are saying. Sensibly he calls in those who should know. He seems to have had enough Judaism in him to know that the chief priests and the scribes might possibly have the answer to the request of the wise men.
There are many situations where we need to call on those who have a greater knowledge of things, such as calling on an electrician, plumber, or car mechanic.
This is also true in regards to the things of the Holy Spirit. More knowledgeable and more mature Christians will be able to help us grow in our own relationship with Jesus and our understanding of His purposes for our life. Those who have a proven history in Jesus can be an invaluable source of support and encouragement to us as we look to grow in maturity.
We are never too old to be able to learn from others; there will always be someone whose experience of Jesus will enrich our life in Him.
The chief priests and scribes were men who had a knowledge and understanding of God’s word and they are able to tell Herod exactly the place of the birth of God’s anointed One.
Interestingly the meaning of the name ‘Bethlehem’ is: the house of bread. Later Jesus describes himself as the bread of life: John. 6:35:
“I am the bread of life, whoever comes to Me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in Me shall never ever be thirsty.”
The bread of life is born in the town meaning the house of bread, signifying that Jesus came to feed us eternal life. John. 6:51:
I am the living bread having come down from Heaven, whoever should eat this bread will have eternal life. The bread that I give for the life of the world is My flesh.
We all have the choice of whether or not to eat the Bread of Jesus. We do this by accepting Him as our Lord and Saviour.