Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Eighth Day of Christmas

Today's verse gives more details of Herod's secret meeting with the Wise Men.

"He sent them to Bethlehem and said, 'Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.'”

(The whole passage is at: Matthew 2:1-12)

Herod sends the Wise Men off to look for Jesus. Why didn't he go himself?

Perhaps because it would have been too obvious. Deception offered the only hope of success, because Herod did not want to worship this Child. He wanted to kill him.

There had to be some sort of self-deception going on here. Herod really believed himself capable of tracking down and killing the Messiah. As if God weren't the stronger or He would sit by and let it happen....

Of course, ultimately someone would kill the Messiah. Or, more accurately, the Messiah would lay down his life. But that's another story.

Merry Christmas!!

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