Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
I. That men may be interested in Christ, and inquire about Him from different motives- some to worship, some to murder.
1. The motive of the wise men.
2. Herod's motive.
II. That inquiry about Christ does not produce the same results in all.
1. The wise men rejoiced.
2. Herod was troubled.
III. That all opposition to Christ and His cause must end in failure and overthrow.
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.