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.
Surely you remember this scripture also – how Herod ordered the annihilation of children and babies.
He was angry but not at himself.
He wasn’t angry about his own wretched condition and sin.
He wasn’t angry about not going and worshipping the Child.
He wasn’t even angry at the wise men.
He was angry because he did not know the exact location of this Child so he could get rid of him.
He ordered the deaths of all boys two years old and under not knowing Joseph had already left for Egypt.
I’m not sure I could just look at a child and guess he was two years old. I’m sure a few three and maybe four-year-olds also died from overzealous soldiers wishing not to anger King Herod any more.
And still, Herod did not kill Jesus.
Many people want to rid themselves of God, Jesus, church, and the Bible. They choose to cut themselves off from any connection with such.
They are angry because they don’t like the message of the Gospel.
They make excuses about hypocrites in church to justify not going themselves.
They convert a benevolent God into a mean and vicious one.
They make sin acceptable by changing laws and shaming those that call sin as sin.
Instead, they should be angry because of what sin has done to them.
Look what it did to Herod – turned him into a murderer of children. Is there nothing worse than taking the lives of innocent children and the laws that protect those that do?