Well, I choose my title after the happenings in France yesterday. I do think I should get back to Matthew and we must concentrate our efforts on loving change in this world. But I want to show that those who are evil and power-hungry terrorist have been around forever.
In, Matthew 2:1-12 , we see the Magi inquiring about the baby who is the Messiah. They are on a journey, following the star, to give gifts to honor our Lord’s birth! Matthew makes sure to emphasize that the baby was born in Bethlehem in Judea. Once again confirming what the prophets had stated in the Old Testaments. And that the blood line came from King David. Which is very important to the Jewish community!
We are told King Herod, the people’s chief priests, and the teachers are extremely disturbed about the news. These are our terrorists. Because to me, anyone who wants to kill my Jesus and stop the spread of His loving message is a terrorist! And that is what we are seeing in today’s world.
I am told in my study bible that Herod lived a murderous and opulent lifestyle. He murdered his family members including his own wife and children. Later on we will see him murder the babies of Bethlehem. His insatiable desire for power, control, and greed will eventually be his downfall. As with all of those who strive to further their terrorism.
The terrorists fear the birth of the Messiah, because now the people will not indulge in assisting their lifestyles of carnage, luxury, and breaking every one of the Ten Commandments. Then the terrorists control is diminished, and the people led by God would rise to the call and vanquish them!
Ok, stepping down from my soapbox…
For now, we see Herod telling the Magi to let him know when they find the baby, so he can worship the Messiah too. What a liar!
The Magi followed the star and found Jesus with his mother.
In a study group, I attended years ago, it was explained that baby Jesus was probably months old. You have to understand that travel, whether on foot or camel, takes some time.
The Magi presented Jesus with gold, incense, and myrrh. And then returned to their country by another route. Because God stepped in to make sure evil would not alter His plan for our salvation. In a dream the Magi were warned about Herod and his evil plans.
Once again, love prevails because God has already won the war! He won it the first day of creation and His plans will not be altered. We, as Christians, should step up to win the battles in our homes, streets, communities, and nation!
God Bless You!
God Bless America!