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.
I do not care how much power you think you have, there is one who is more powerful than you whose name is God Almighty and HE IS the source of ALL POWER.
In these perilous time in which we live it may look like evil is winning, but scripture declares that God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sow, that shall he or she reap.
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's murderous order of the killing of these infants was prophecy being fulfilled in what was spoken by the Prophet Jeremiah hundred of years prior when he said " 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”.
Herod's actions also proves the depravity of man's heart. Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is more deceitful than all things and desperately wicked; who can understand it?
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!
The battle between good and evil still rages in the world today, but know this: Without a doubt, "evil" WILL BE dealt with by "GOD" Himself! Evil will destroy ITSELF eventually.
Again today, in this text, we see the "SOVEREIGNTY" of God. God is in control of everything.
Why God allows some things to happen, I do not know, but I do know that life and history proves over and over again that He is in TOTAL control of the universe and all it's affairs.
Herod's on your back? Keep looking unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith for the battle belongs to God.
People of God, remain focus, always alert and make sure you daily put on the whole armor of God that is found in Ephesian 6.
Spiritual warfare is real!
If you remember nothing else, remember this "VICTORY BELONGS TO JESUS"! At the cross He said "IT IS FINISH"! The battle had been fought and the victory had been won.
What is your response to Jesus on today? Receive or reject? Where are you in your faith?
Herod chose to reject Christ.
Debra chose to receive Christ for indeed victory was obtained on ALL of our behalfs over 2k years ago on a hill called "GOLGOTHA", Calvary's hill where Jesus shed His blood for the sins of humanity.
What you decide to do with Jesus is up to you. Where you spend eternity is up to you too.
Accept Christ Jesus by faith and God promises you a home in eternity with Him.
Reject Jesus and live for the here and now and you WILL spend eternity SEPARATED from Him.
The fork of the road is before you on today. 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!!!