Matthew 2:16 - 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.
Having questioned the chief priests and teachers of the law, Herod asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
Herod called a secret meeting with the wise men to inquire of the "exact" time that the "Star" had appeared. He then sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
Herod tries to appear to have been earnest in his attempt to find Jesus to worship Him, but his hidden motives were the opposite. He did not want to know where the "King of the Jews" was so He could worship Him, he wanted to know so he could kill who he thought was his rival. He was the king and there would be no other king on his watch.
Herod's hidden hate and jealousy towards "Jesus" was known by God. Herod was deceived into believing that he was the final authority as Israell's earthly King, but God is the final authority and nothing is hidden from God.
If you have been deceived into believing that any and everything we say or do in open or in secret is hidden from God, I have either some good news or some bad news for you on today. Nothing is hidden from the eyes of God for scripture declares that His eyes roams through the earth according to 2 Chronicles 16:9.
As an added bonus, let's listen to Psalm 139:7-12 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;the night will shine like the day,for darkness is as light to you.
Having left the presence of King Herod to find the baby Jesus, the wise men went on their way, being lead by the "Star" that was ahead of them that lead them directly to Jesus. After finding the baby Jesus, they were overjoyed with excitement. In other words, they began to praise God and immediately bow down to worship Him.
Having done this, the wise men opened their treasures and presented Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh that was only fit for a "KING.
Knowing the motives and intent of the heart of King Herod, God warned the wise men in a dream to return not to Herod, but instead take an alternate route back home.
Having realized that he had been outwitted by these wise men, Herod became furious and ordered every boy child 2 years or under in Bethlehem and it's vicinity to be killed.
The weapon had formed against Jesus through the mouth of Herod, but God blocked it. It did not prosper. God being the "Sovereign , All wise God", spoke to the child's earthly father, Joseph in a dream and told him “Get up,” “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him. LOOK AT GOD! Divine protection!
Joseph being obedient to God's command ended with these results in vs#14 of this text. Let's listen: So he (Joseph) got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod.
Herod's failed attempt to kill Jesus whom he thought was his rivalry. Herod's power and authority was limited. God has all power! In his attempt to kill Jesus, he ended up dying himself.
Nothing can stop the plan of God for your life. I do not care how big the enemy may appear to be. If God said it, consider it done! Do not focus on the process, focus on the promised outcome!
In this life you could have it all and in the next life, you could have nothing. Herod paid the price of jealousy for his soul in eternity.
Power, prestige, fame, money, military might, status and every imaginable tangible gain is not worth your soul.
Herod was ruthless. He eliminated his enemies, his wife, his mother-in-law and hiers and even his own sons, but He did not have the power to eliminate Jesus.
Who is like our God? None! Remember, regardless of what is or ever comes up against you, God has the final say so! Have you seeked Him on today to find out what He has said concerning you and your adversary? You do know that you have one right?
His name is satan, the devil and he is a spirit that lives in the people who do not know the true and living God. Jesus had many enemies, but none of them were able to block God's purpose for His life.
Every attack of the enemy on Jesus life did not catch God off God for He had used the prophets of old to prophecy them hundreds of years before they even happened. The enemies only fulfilled prophesies that were spoken by God. It was all a part of the plan to save you and I from the penalty of sin and death.
God's plan for the life of Christ was fulfilled from eternity, Bethlehem and all the way to Calvary. The failed attempt of Herod to kill Jesus. Ponder that for a moment on today. Why? The same applies to all your enemies too if you serve the True and Living God who s in control of everything!
God bless and I love you all.
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