Herod • Devotion #1: Wise Men With Bad News
Mark O’Connor| Student Director
Imagine with me if you will for a moment. You are sitting at work one day, three guys you have never seen before walk up and ask for the new guy. I do not know what it is you do, but when you ask them who exactly they are looking for, they say it is the guy who is replacing you. How do you feel at that point? You are just going about your day when you find out you are done in your current position. Most of us would be a bit panicked, probably very uneasy. I would venture to say there would be a bit of anger there as well. This is what happened to a guy named Herod. He is sitting on his throne when this happens in Matthew 2:1-2,
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’”
It was pretty shocking news for Herod. I am sure it was the same feeling we get when there is some unexpected bad news. I feel like I have been punched in the gut and a weight comes over me that can sometimes cause me to react in quite an unreasonable manner. Thankfully that does not happen very much and I am much better equipped to handle it these days. But Herod did not, and we will examine later through this week how well he did not handle this terrible news.
But was it really that bad? Maybe for him. Certainly, not for us. In fact, Luke lays it out quite clearly in chapter 2 when a group of shepherds find out from an angel that Jesus had been born:
“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’”
A Savior is born. Yep, pretty great news for us. We celebrate this incredible event every year and rightly so. We often forget about this dark time that came as result of such a miraculous event. Some people have never even heard of this king named Herod. Take in the whole story and grow in your relationship with God and in your knowledge of His Word this Christmas season.