Matthew 2:3-6 When Herod the king heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where Christ should be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is what the prophet wrote: 6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are no longer least among the princes of Judah; for out of you shall come a Governor, who will shepherd My people Israel.”
Herod was the king of the Jews in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus birth.
Herod was described as being an "evil and wicked king" who saw Jesus as a threat and wanted Him dead. Killing was no problem for him for he had killed many of his own family members.
Having heard the official announcement of Jesus' birth, the earthly king, Herod is troubled along with all of Jerusalem for on the day that Jesus was born, evidence of a “star” shining bright in Bethlehem revealed that the true "KING of the Jews had arrived."
Herod, being "disturbed or troubled" by the new of the birth, became so enraged to the point of him shaking violently.
Yes, he was shaken with rage and anger. He was the king and he was determined that there would be no other king in Jerusalem but him.
Herod gathers together the chief priest and scribes of the people to inquire of Jesus birth place and he was told “Bethlehem of Judah.”
Herod's inquiry of Jesus birth place was not asked with good intent, but of an evil one that we will see in the next study on tomorrow.
The news of Jesus birth should have been a time of rejoicing and not anger and rage. He is the “Savior” of the world, the promised one from God. The One who came to take away the sins of the world, the One who came to rule over His people.
The coming of the "Messiah" was not new news to the Jews for it was old testament prophecy that was prophesied for hundreds of years that the “Messiah” would come through a virgin birth to save His people and that he would be born in Bethlehem.
The Jews knew the old testament book better than anyone. They looked and longed for their Messiah for hundreds of years, but when he arrived, they did not recognize, acknowledge nor accepted Him. Yes scripture declares this in John 1:11-He came to his own people, and even they rejected Him.
Isaiah 7:14 -Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and[ will call Him Immanuel which means God with us.
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Israel's long awaited King, their Savior, Redeemer, their hope for the future, Jesus Christ had arrived, but because He did not come riding as a King on a great white horse with a great big army to overthrow the roman government, they did not receive Him.
Kings don't arrive in the meek and lowly way in which Jesus came, but that was the way that God chose to send His Son, born of a virgin to save His people.
In looking at the scriptures verses before these verses we can clearly see where there were two different reactions to the birth of Jesus.
When the "wise men or magi" heard of the birth of Jesus who was born "King of the Jews, they followed the "star" in search of Him to worship Him.
Herod on the other hand becomes enraged and full of fury and evil thoughts. He did not take the announcement of Jesus birth very well to put it lightly.
King Herod was afraid because he knew that the true "King Of The Jew" had arrived. There was no doubt in his mind who Jesus was. God had given a sign that the “KING of the Jews” had arrived by means of a bright "Star" shining in Bethlehem.
Are you rejoicing this Christmas season because of God's gift to the world? The gift called "Jesus" who came to take away the sins of the world? I can only hope and pray that you are.
Regardless if man choose to accept or reject Christ, He is our only way to a true and personal relationship with God. He is our only way to life everlasting with God.
Jesus Himself declares in John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
How have you responded to the ‘GOOD NEWS” of Jesus birth?
Have you accepted or rejected Jesus? Are you seeking Him or denying Him?
Rejoicing or planting doubt about the virgin birth? Which are you doing this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our “SAVIOR?”
Are you troubled and enraged like Herod or like the “Magi”, seeking Jesus to worship Him?
Where do you stand on today concerning Jesus and His miraculous virgin birth?
With God or apart from God? Which best describes you?
Your answers to these question will help you determine your future destination.
Seek the “KING” of kings on today. Receive Him by faith and I will assure you that you will be glad you did now and in eternity according to the Bible.