In Matthew’s chapter 2, which includes 23 beautiful verses, Matthew tells the story of how the wise men saved the life of baby Jesus.
The story goes that King Herod sent his wise men to follow a special star to the location where baby Jesus would be born.
When they met baby Jesus, they showered him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Once they had found him, their original mission was go back to King Herod. They were supposed to bring him to where Jesus was, so Herod could worship him.
Before they returned to find King Herod, GOD came to them in a dream.
He informed them that Jesus would be in danger if they bring King Herod to him.
Instead of returning home by the normal route, they found a different way home to avoid being discovered.
After they left Jesus, GOD told Joseph to take Jesus and Mary through the desert into Egypt.
There they should wait for Herod’s death.
King Herod did WHAT?
When Herod discovered his wise men had betrayed him, he was furious.
Not knowing where Jesus was or what he looked like, he took care of the situation by ordering the systematic death of every male child age 2 and below to prevent any child from growing up to take his throne away, as Matthew 2:16 tells us:
“Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.”
When King Herod died, Joseph knew it would be safe to return with Jesus to take his place among the Jews.
Unfortunately, Joseph discovered a new King ruled over Israel. He was thus afraid to return there, so he instead headed to Nazareth, where the chapter ends.
Two Important Lessons
There are 2 lessons we want to share with you today:
- The wise men knew King Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus, and even though they had everything they needed in life, chose to betray their king to save their souls.
It is always best to weigh your options, and then follow your heart and do what feels good.
This will help you stay on the righteous path that GOD wants for you.
Doing so will also limit your stress and make life more enjoyable every day.
- The feeling of potentially losing his power caused King Herod to go on a rampage and murder many innocent children.
Allowing your emotions to get the best of you can be dangerous. It’s impossible to take back the bad things you have done.
It’s important to take a deep breath and think about the results of your actions before you make the decision to act on your emotions.
If you haven’t said a prayer yet today, now is always a great time to do so.
With GOD in your heart, you will be able to approach any situation. Without it bringing out the worst in you.
In situations like this I like to recall one of my favorite bible verse: But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Jesus Christ).
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