2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. Matthew 2:1-3
Why was King Herod so disturbed about a rumor he had heard? Was he that insecure? Probably. His power (and that of many rulers during that time) was tenuous at best. He really couldn’t trust anybody, including babies who could grow up to overthrow him.
We saw the same kind of spirit when Moses was born.
8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” Exodus 1:8-10, 22
The Pharoah was also insecure about the hold he had on his power. The irony of that situation was that Moses was raised and cared for by his birth mother in Pharoah’s home.
But Jesus Christ survived this infanticide. The Lord had appeared to the Wise Men later and told them which road to take home. They too had heard God’s warning and were obedient.
It’s not pleasant to write (especially during the Christmas season) about the ongoing slaughter of innocent children through abortion. But Jesus himself was in great danger of death at the hands of his government. Many governments, including the U.S., sanction abortion. Hollywood promotes it and taunts those who disagree with them about it.
Sometime in the next few weeks, take the time to help out at a crisis pregnancy center near where you live. They always need caring volunteers to help.
If you can’t do that, donate to them as they are a really need our support.
Pray as you remember. They are on the front lines against some well-funded and vocal opposition.