Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Seventh Day of Christmas

So for this seventh day of Christmas, also New Year's Day, we read Matthew 2:7:

"Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared."

( To read the whole thing, go to Matthew 2:1-12)

Secretly. Scripture says, "For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn't come to the light, lest his works would be exposed." I suspect Herod is one who really hated the light. He had an awful lot of evil deeds to his credit-- or maybe discredit would be more accurate. He is laying the groundwork for a new one here in this verse.

I wonder what the Wise Men thought of being called in secret to be asked for such simple information as when the star appeared. Did it make them suspicious? Wary? They hadn't been in Jerusalem long and would not have known Herod well, but they may have heard something of his reputation.

Hopefully, we do not need to be secret like Herod. Hopefully, we welcome the Light.

Merry Christmas!

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