Bible Cartoon: Matthew 02 - The Nativity SET 02 - Scene 08 - Wise men guided by the star

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Bible Book: Matthew
Bible Book Code: 4000200904
Scene no: 8 of 15

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Matthew 2:9-10 (NLT)
9 After this interview [with King Herod] the wise men went their way. Once again the star appeared to them, guiding them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!


I have set this scene in the early evening.

Light from the sun in the east (to the right) illuminates this scene, casting shadows to the left & below figures, animals & objects. The setting sun’s light is just catching the tops of the wise men’s heads, the tops of the foreground tree, the sides of the buildings of Bethlehem & the tops of the distant hills & mountains.

3 wise men & their camels.

This scene shows the wise men riding (from Jerusalem) towards Bethlehem, which is a distance of about 6 miles (10 km). Bethlehem is the village on the rocky outcrop. Notice that the wise man in blue (the middle one) is pointing at the star; they are all joyful (see verse 10 above).

Some commentators have suggested that the “star” guiding the wise men towards Bethlehem was God’s Shekinah glory.

“Shekinah Glory is a visible manifestation of God on earth, whose presence is portrayed through a natural occurrence. The word shekinah is a Hebrew name meaning “dwelling” or “one who dwells.” Shekinah Glory means “He caused to dwell,” referring to the divine presence of God.

The word Shekinah is not in the Bible, but the description is.
In the classical Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments, the word shekinah is actually not found. It was first introduced by Jewish rabbis through targums and literature in the period between the completion of the Old Testament and the onset of the New Testament.

The etymology of “Shekinah” is from the Hebrew word shākan, which means“to reside or permanently stay.”

The rabbis used the term Shekinah to describe the following to the Jewish people:

- The presence of God amongst His people ( Exodus 19:16-18; Exodus 40:34-38; I Kings 6:13)
- The glory of God dwelling in the Temple (2 Chronicles 7:1)
- How God dwells in the mountain (Psalm 68.16-18; Joel 3:17)”
(Part of web page article)

Here is the scene without the wise men or their camels in the foreground.
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Matthew 02 – The Nativity SET 02 – Scene 08 – Wise men guided by the star – Background