Now the shepherds had exact instructions, and a short run down from the hills.
Mary had a nine month's journey, from the arrival of the Angel Gabriel, and including a 90 trek across inhospitable country
The Kings? How far did they travel? I've done a brief scoot through the internet and been offered Persia and Yemen as possible origins.
Using Google maps;
From Aden, on the southern tip of Yemen, to Bethlehem 825 hours on foot, about 1,790 miles
From Teheran, in Iran (which used to be Persia ) is 401 hours on foot, about 1,240 miles.
What a journey! Even if they managed 20 miles per day, they would have had to stop frequently to rest and recover.
And the instructions? 'Leave everything, and follow the Star for an indefinite length of time, for an indefinite distance'.
How far would I follow something, or someone, without a clear idea of what I was seeking, or where I had to go, or how long the journey would take?
How long a journey am I prepared to contemplate? How sure do I need to be, before I start packing my case?
How detailed a map, or set of instructions do I need before I leave my house, close the door and set off?
And what about the dangers along the way?