Herod Was Right

by Andrew Forrest

Today’s reading contains the evil story of the Slaughter of the Innocents in Bethlehem, in which King Herod orders all little boys in Bethlehem’s vicinity two years-old and younger to be murdered. Matthew then quotes from the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah (who was himself alluding to the Book of Genesis):

“Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
‘A voice is heard in Ramah,
    weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
    and refusing to be comforted,
    because they are no more.'”

Matthew 2:17-18

It’s a miserable story, an Herod was an evil man. But he was right.

Herod wasn’t right because he had those boys murdered; Herod was right because he rightly understood that this Jesus is a threat to all dictators and demons. Even today, the Chinese totalitarians are using the vast resources of their hellish surveillance state to stamp out peaceful followers of Jesus. Why? Because if Jesus is the true King, then the powers of this world will be held to account; if Jesus is the true King, then one day his Kingdom will come fully, on earth as it already is in heaven.

Don’t be fooled: all the rival powers are mere pretenders, and will one day be finally overthrown.

What would it look like for you to worship the true King today?

Today’s Scripture

Matthew 2:13-23

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Sunny Kern January 4, 2019 - 5:34 am

Absolutely, Jesus has come to defeat the forces of evil, and all will be under his feet at the end of all things when Jesus returns. Never is it more clear than in Mark’s gospel where Jesus is constantly encountering the forces of evil. Perhaps Joseph is the answer to the question,”What would it look like for you to worship the true King today?” Three times in today’s reading Joseph responds to God’s guidance with obedience, and he obeys taking Mary as his wife in the second reading. The Magi’s obedience in returning by a different way reinforces the theme of obedience. So, for today maybe the one word is obedience.

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Andrew Forrest January 4, 2019 - 9:17 am

Totally agreed: obedience is the hinge that moves the door.

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