Herod Kills the Children
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained
from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
if Joseph had went back to sleep and left the first thing in the morning? Well... I do believe that God is in control and Jesus would have been protected, but we see that Joseph's quick reaction was not in vain. Herod was a lunatic king and did
not want another king. So much so that he had all the children in that age bracket killed so that Jesus would be eliminated. Problem with Herod's plan is that God IS in control and provided saftey for Jesus. We see how evil Herod really is...
and to think he told the wise guys to come and tell him where the child is so he could go and worship him. Yea, right! We see your true colors! Joseph is to be applauded for his listening and obeying the angel's commands.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not procrastinate, but to follow your guidance. To often I want to do things on my schedule and not yours. Forgive me Lord as
I pray "Thy will be done." Amen.
The Flight to Egypt
they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And
he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
After the wise guys left, an angel of the Lord told Joseph to hit the road.
Get out of here and go to Egypt. Now, let's get back to the actual wording, because I have an important
question to ask. Joseph has gone to bed for the night when the angel came to him in a dream and said: “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child,
to destroy him.” Now... let's get down to the real question... and be honest. Would you have told the angel of the Lord that I will be on the road the first thing in the morning? Or would you have gotten up in the dark, wake up the
family and leave immediately? Joseph rose and left! Truth be told, I think I would have gone back to bed and left first thing in the morning. I guess I would not have been God's choice. I would like to think that the angel of the Lord
coming to me in a dream would be so eye opening that I would have got up and left. I cant truthfully answer the question because I was not there.
I pray: O Lord, help me to respond to
your Word under your terms and not mine. Help me to respond like Joseph and to rise and go... trusting faithfully in your Word. Shape me and mold me according to your will. Amen.
The Visit of the Wise Men (Part 2)
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring
me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star,
they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a
dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
The wise guys went with the purpose to worship Jesus. This is interesting because they were gentiles. The
came bearing gifts. Herod told them that when they find him, come and tell him so they he can go and worship him too! Yea, right! We will find out the truth on this. The wise guys were warned in a dream to not go back, so they listened
and obeyed and went back by another way.
I pray: O Lord, guide me to your Kingdom and protect me. Help me to not be led astray. Amen.
The Visit of the Wise Men
2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east
came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief
priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
“ ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ”
What I find interesting is the wording "When Herod the king heard this,
he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him." When the wise guys said they were looking for the new King of the Jews, Herod was troubled. He was already paranoid and destructive, now there is a new king in town? I'm sure that Herod felt threatened. Now he
needs to deal quickly and swiftly if he wants to maintain his kingship. We will see how ruthless Herod is in the coming up reading. But why did the reading say that Herod was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Why would Jerusalem be troubled? Well it is
like the statement "If mama is not happy, then nobody is happy." If Herod was troubled, then so was Jerusalem, because they did not know what or how Herod would react. If Herod was troubled, then there will be trouble.
I pray: O Lord,
help me to trust in you through good time and bad times. Help us to study your Word so that we can know and understand what is going on... or at least to the best of our ability. Amen.
The Birth of Christ (Part 2)
"When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she
had given birth to a son. And he callled his name Jesus."
I isolated these two verses because there is much to say. How would you respond to your fiancee was pregnant with somebody
else's baby? Well, the angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph in a dream and Joseph responded to what the angel told him to do. "He took his wife." This speaks volumnes about Joesph's character and faith. He heard the angel's word's and
reponded! Today, we have too many people that can hear or read God's Word (the Bible), yet they don't care what is says. Joseph did care! There is also the theology of Mary's perpetual virginity. While I have many brothers in faith
that support the pertetual virginity of Mary, I don't. Verse 24 "he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son" speaks against the perpetual virginity of Mary. "To Know" someone is a biblical way of saying to have sexual
intercourse. The way I read this (sorry for the bluntness)... Joseph did not have sex with Mary until after the child was born. This would have brought to an end her virginity. There is a lot more that could be said, but I choose to go no
I pray: O Lord, help me to listen and trust in your Words... and to follow your will. Help me to choose your ways over my ways. I repent of my sins, especially when I choose
my ways over yours. Amen.