William McCumber says that the men in this section of the scripture are "unwise men." These religious men knew the scriptures in their minds, but not in their hearts. They were "custodians of the Bible and hope of Israel," but never got excited about the possibility of the true messiah. The sighting of the star and the report about the journey of the magi did not propel them to explore the hope. Instead they rolled up their scrolls and went back to their religious routines of reading without understanding the truth.