The religious leaders were certain. They were unanimous. They agreed on the birthplace—Bethlehem. Acting swiftly, Herod instructed the Magi to go to Bethlehem, find the young child and bring word back to him again.
Visitors from the heart of the Parthian Empire seeking a legitimate Jewish king were particularly distressing. Herod’s extreme suspicion prompted him to summon the religious leaders. He demanded an answer to one question: where the Christ was to be born.