1. Extraordinary appearances in the natural world should put us upon inquiries after God. Thus the appearance of an uncommon star, which they had never taken notice of before, put the wise men upon seeking after Christ.
2. The zeal and devotion of good men often stir up the envy, malice, and fury of wicked men. Whilst the wise men were engaged in seeking Christ, Herod was forming schemes to destroy him.
3. The most pernicious designs have sometimes been carried on with hypocritical pretences of religion. "Bring me word," says Herod, " that I may come and worship him also."
4. Inquiries after Christ shall not be left destitute of those aids which are necessary to find him. The star which had disappeared returns again; and what that star was to these eastern sages, that the word of God is to the humble penitent - the doubtful but diligent inquirer after Christ.