Archive for Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Are We Herods?

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 in Matthew, New Testament

Matthew 2:4,5,6,14,15,17,18,23
When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel… ’So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”… 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.”… and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

After reading this chapter, I was wondering what theme to write on and something that stood out to my eyes today was the fulfillment of at least 4 prophecies from the old testament in this chapter alone. The birth of Jesus was certainly no everyday event as the Magi or wise men from afar came to worship him, Herod was shaken by the news of the birth and ordered all male kids about the same age as Jesus to be killed, the wise men in Herod’s court confirmed Jesus’s arrival and birth, angels spoke to Joseph and the Magi and so much more. This child certainly was not ordinary even though born in very humble circumstances.

This is so different from our lives. We are born and live lives that most often can be called ordinary and meaningless, our hope and pursuit is to be successful, to make a mark, to become powerful, wealthy and wise but in all of this, we find no meaning. Few do succeed but when you ask them, they will certainly tell you the lack of joy they have in their own successes and the fact that it is never enough. So what then is the purpose of our lives if we will not find meaning and joy in our own success? The Bible reminds us that we are born to serve the King of Kings, the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s not about us, rather it’s all about him and his glory. We were created in God’s image not to outdo God but to love him and serve him and I hope we like Herod don’t try to take away from God but rather to submit to him.

In His Loving Service,