Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Herod

13 Now when 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.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 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.”

16 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. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
18 “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.”

19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead.”
Matthew 2:13-20, English Standard Version

Herod

Unfortunately, there are too many Herod's in the world, or so it seems. It seems, in our time, as though the enemies of the Lord boldly increase, while Christians sit aside letting it happen. But is that really the way we should think about things?

First of all, how did Herod thwart the will of God? He did not, did he? We must remember that there will always be enemies of God, but rather than fear them, we must remember that God uses them as tools in His hands to bring forth His eternal plans for our world.

Herod determined to kill all the young boys in Bethlehem, but what did God do? God warned Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt. Then, when Herod was done, God used another dream to bring Joseph, Mary, and Jesus back to Judea.

Does it seem impossible to us that God would do the same thing in our lives? Can God really move people to fulfill the plans He has made from eternity past? Yes, He can and does. He may not speak to you in a dream, but He just as assuredly leads you in the way He would have you go!

Let us not, then, be afraid of the Herods of this world; they are helpless before the God of all Gods, King of all Kings, and Lord of all Lords. Let us walk in faith, and not in might, knowing that our God not only created this world but rules this world until the day that time will be no more.

God Bless You,
Linda

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