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December 16, 2014

Today, I decided to focus my lens a little closer on King Herod.   As the lens zoomed in on him I discovered that he had a dark and cruel streak in his character.   He has been labelled a “madman” and  ”paranoid” by some.  His madness ran so deep that he ended up killing his wife, their two sons plus numerous others.  Imagine how he must have felt when he heard that Magi were seeking a child who was called “King of the Jews”

Looking at the scripture we can see that he was distressed and began to devise a plan that would end Jesus’ life.

Matthew 2:1-4 says:

“….during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him…..

He told the Magi when they found the child to report back to him so he could go worship him as well.  However, the Magi, in a dream, were warned not to go back to King Herod….

Later in Matthew 2:16-18 we read…

When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.  Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

“A voice is heard in Ramah,   weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”

Matthew Henry’s concise commentary says the following:

Herod killed all the male children, not only in Bethlehem, but in all the villages of that city. Unbridled wrath, armed with an unlawful power, often carries men to absurd cruelties. It was no unrighteous thing with God to permit this; every life is forfeited to his justice as soon as it begins. The diseases and deaths of little children are proofs of original sin. But the murder of these infants was their martyrdom. How early did persecution against Christ and his kingdom begin!  Herod now thought that he had baffled the Old Testament prophecies, and the efforts of the wise men in finding Christ; but whatever crafty, cruel devices are in men’s hearts, the counsel of the Lord shall stand.

We have a Sovereign God.  Nothing takes place without His knowledge.  Everything is filtered through His fingers first.

While we don’t understand all of the rampage of evil that is taking place in this world, we can be assured that no matter how much men plot to destroy and wipe the name of Jesus off the face of the earth they will never succeed.  His name will stand forever.  Name above all names.

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Psalms 22:28 – For the kingdom [is] the LORD’S: and he [is] the governor among the nations.

As we draw closer to Christmas we can rest in the knowledge that we are protected from evil and nothing can separate us from the love of God.

2 Thessalonians  3:3

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

Isaiah 54:17

No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.”

Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

Psalm 121:7-8

The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.  The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalm 138:7

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.

King Herod tried to destroy the Messiah, but He couldn’t.  Men through the ages have tried to abolish God’s people and deny the existence of God, but they can’t.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can ever separate us from God.  This is our hope and comfort!!

This Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Christ, we can rejoice in knowing that God is in control.  That Christ was born, they tried to kill Him, but He was not defeated.  He is alive and He is coming again.

Faith ~ Forsaking All I Trust Him

http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/a/JZ-Herod-The-Great.htm

http://billygraham.org/answer/why-did-king-herod-try-to-kill-jesus-shortly-after-his-birth-after-all-what-difference-could-a-tin/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herod_the_Great

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