Comparison: Then and Now

As this year is coming to a close we see such hate and discontent in our nation and world.  When Jesus was born in Bethlehem He was a threat to king Herod.  As I shared the other day, when a conquering king took over he often killed the defeated king.  Herod was no different.  When he heard of Jesus and that He was to become the King of the Jews he was more than angry.

Herod formulated a plan that would eliminate his competitor.  So, he thought.  What Herod did not figure in was that God had a plan and he was just one small part of the overall plan.  God used this evil king to move Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem.  Then God used him again to fulfill more prophecy.

Yet, there were many lives lost in Herod’s wicked plan.  Why would Jehovah do this?  It was all part of His plan.  Jehovah is not an evil God.  Yet, He does allow certain things to take place that you and I cannot explain.  Herod’s decree murdered countless children.  Look at Matthew 2:16, “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.”

Why do we think there is any difference in what Herod did versus what takes place in our nation daily?  There is no difference.  We allow murder to take place every day and call it convenience.  We allow murder and call it abortion.  This is not a nice, fluffy Christmas story I know.  It is a harsh reality that we need to get on our knees and repent of and pray that God will forgive us all as a nation.

So, how are you doing?

Herod

We have seen in the Scriptures how God uses many different things, circumstances and even the unbeliever to work out His plan.  I mean, He used a donkey to speak to Baalim.  I am glad that it has not been recorded in Scripture some of my less than positive moments in life.

God even used an heathen king to bring about His plan.  It all started when Herod received word of a King to be born in Bethlehem.  Look at Matthew 2:3, “When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.”  This word “troubled” means to stir or agitate.  Herod was an unhappy camper.  He was the sitting king of that day and he would have nobody else dethrone him if at all possible.  I don’t know too many rulers that want to be dethroned.  It usually means death to the sitting king.

In this instance it would have meant death too.  Think about it.  Lets go a little deep here.  If Herod came face to face with King Jesus then Herod would have to die.  He would have to be just like you and I.  He must die to self.  He must crucify the old man.  Even worse, he would have to bow the knee to Jesus and he was not willing to do that.  This prideful dictator would bow to nobody.

Okay; friend, it is your turn.  Will you humbly bow before Jesus and confess you are a sinner and you need a Saviour?  It is up to you.  The truth is that you can bow before King Jesus today and trust Him as your Saviour or you can bow before Him as your Judge.  The choice is yours to make.

So, how are you doing?