Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 13, 2012

Herod

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Matthew 2:15  He stayed there until Herod died. In this way what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled: “ I called my Son out of Egypt.” 

Here is yet another old prophecy fulfilled, “I called my Son out of Egypt.”  Several things had to occur for this to happen.  The wise men had to be warned by God to go home a different way to avoid Herod.  Joseph had to be warned to flee.  Not only did Joseph have to be warned, he had to obey right away.  Once again Joseph listened to his dream and responded.  He got up, packed the gifts from the wise men and took Mary and the baby Jesus in the dark of the night and went to Egypt.  He stayed there until  God told Him all was safe.  We don’t understand why God allowed all those babies to be killed.  From our perspective it seems really cruel.  From our perspective we can’t see what those babies would face had they continued on this earth.  Our vision is very one-sided.  Our question is do we choose to trust God in and through all things even when we don’t understand?  It wasn’t the first time in history babies were slain.  Moses was born during a time as that.  God protected Moses and used him to bring the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt.  Now God is using Egypt to protect His Son.  Man does very cruel things to man.  God does not cause man to do those things but God does protect the ones He chooses to work through.  They also have to be wanting to walk in obedience to Him.  God wants to work through each of us.  Are we willing to respond in total obedience? Are we willing to go into action as soon as we see the need?  It may not be something big like leading a multitude out of slavery.  It may be just as simple as helping just one person.  it will require a willingness to hear God, see the task and obey through action.  Let us be like the wise men and like Joseph and listen and respond.  

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December 18, 2010

Herod

Mt 2:16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.

 

Herod.  I feel sorry for the man.  He elevated himself to the King of his country and then confused his identity, thinking he was equal to a god and expecting to be worshiped.  When we elevate ourselves we must continually look over our shoulder.  Herod was so afraid someone would try to put him down and take their place.  He was so afraid of this he was willing to have hundreds of babies killed on the chance one of them might grow up to dethrone him and Herod would no longer be king.

 

Human nature is such that we endeavor to make ourselves look better and be over others, sometimes at the cost of others.  When we humble ourselves before our God and before others, we allow God to lift us up.  It will matter not when man lifts us up or puts us down.  What counts is our standing before our God.  I pray you can stand before Him as His child through His Son, Jesus, who had the authority to adopt you into God’s family.  We are not born a child of God; we are born a child of creation.  Only through Jesus, by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior and asking God’s forgiveness of our sins through the shed blood of Jesus can we become children of God rather than children of a creation.  If this is not true of you today, stop right now and invite Jesus into your life as Lord and Savior.  Confess to God you are a sinner and ask Him to wash you with the sacrificial blood of His Son Jesus.  Then thank Him.  Welcome to God’s family

 

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