When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Matt 2:3
Herod did a very foolish thing. Wise men from Persia show up on his doorstep and announce they’re looking for the newborn King of the Jews. They say a star led them to the land of Israel.
Herod gets the priests and scribes to search the scripture. Their response is the prophet Micah – “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” Mic 5:2
Herod does not rejoice. He does not join the wise men on their journey. He only contemplates how to rid himself of this young political rival.
He sends soldiers to kill the little boys in and around Bethlehem.
Not long after this, Herod dies and in eternity he discovers it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Heb 10:31
Herod’s killing of the children is not an isolated incident. He has a history of killing opponents. Before dying he had his own son killed.
A Roman historian reports the Emperor as saying, “It is better to be Herod’s pig than his son.”
Herod missed the opportunity to worship and honor the Messiah.
Many people today are troubled upon hearing about sin, judgment, and the Savior. They rid themselves of this troubling news by no longer listening to preaching or going to church. The Gospel causes them great discomfort. I call it conviction.
They see the preaching of the Gospel as a rival with their sinful, worldly lifestyle. They “kill” the Gospel for themselves. They become a Herod.
Don’t be a Herod. Join “wise” men and women as they travel to worship Christ in church and in life.