Matthew 2:16-18 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was utterly furious and sent forth and killed all the male children who were in Bethlehem and the surrounding region, from two years old and under, based on the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet:
18 “In Ramah a voice was heard, grieving and weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted, because they are no more.”
Having been outwitted by the divine wisdom of God, Herod now realizes that he had been tricked because the "wise men" never returned with the answer to his request of Jesus birthplace.
In his "FURY" and in his attempt to Kill Jesus, Herod order all male children in Bethlehem and surrounding areas that were 2 years old or younger, be killed.
In Herod's order for the murder of these children, we see "evil" at it's greatest. He was the King, he thought he had all power and now he finds out that he has no power and has therefore been outwitted by the "Wise Men."
Herod and all of us are the reason why Jesus had to come to earth to die for the sins of humanity.
We have a sin issue. It may not be a murderous spirit like herod, but we too have a heart that is deceitful.
God offers us a new heart. He said He is willing to take away our stony heart and give us a heart of flesh. He will do this by writing His Word on our hearts.
I am forever grateful to God for sending His Son Jesus to die for my sins that I may live again forever in eternity with Him. THANK YOU LORD for paying MY sin debt!
Spiritual warfare is real!
What is your response to Jesus on today? Receive or reject? Where are you in your faith?
Herod chose to reject Christ but the good news today is that the fork of the road is before you. Which direction will you take?
We see in this text which direction Herod took. What is your choice?
My plea to you on today is please do not let yourself be outwitted by satan for he is roaming the earth, seeking whom he may devour so please do not let it be you.
JEHOVAH IS HIS NAME!! MIGHTY IN POWER, MIGHTY WARRIOR WHO IS GREAT IN BATTLE!!!