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Matthew 2:16-18

The Child Killers

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

"Of the 7 deadly sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack yourlips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back--in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you." (Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking Transformed by Thorns, p. 117.)

Our story is about a king who enjoyed venting his anger on innocents. Murdering children seems to have been one of his favorite hobbies. He even murdered his own sons, Alexander, Aristobulus and, just five days before his own death, Antipater.

We have seen that Herod was a hypocrite, and we have learned how dangerous hypocrites can be. They feast on their own selfish pride, but Herod's pride was insulted by these foreign travelers, who learned of his true intentions and did not return with the information he wanted. Now, there was a chance that he would not find Jesus. This must have made him furious, and he sent his paid butchers into Bethlehem and the surrounding area to murder all of the children two years old and under.

Political power can motivate hypocrites to do many disgusting things. Child murder is among the worst. We have similar situations in our world today. Nothing has changed. Men who claim to be Christians, hypocrites, have allowed the systematic murder of over 50,000,000 unborn children in the United States in order to gain political support from a small group of people. They seem to be unaware of the truth that Jesus is coming back and will show them no mercy, unless they repent before He arrives.

The prophecy that was fulfilled by Herod's vicious attack on the children is Jeremiah 31:15. It is extremely descriptive of the hearts of the mothers who lost their children. Rachel was buried at Bethlehem, and Rama is a small village right next to Bethlehem. "Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning" emphasize that this was a sad day in the life of Judah.

But, this is not the case today. Mothers are not weeping for their children. It should affect us deeply when we think of this, because so many mothers today are not weeping, but carrying their child to the slaughterhouses we call abortion clinics. The battle that is raging over this issue is one of the most serious spiritual battles that the body of Christ has ever had to engage in. A nation without the right to life for all people is a nation without any rights at all. It is a nation without a God and without any moral leadership.

Before The Throne:

Take the abortion issue to God in prayer. Pray fervently for the salvation of those mothers who are sacrificing their children to the god of convenience. Pray for your political leaders, no matter what country you are from. Ask God to either show them the error of their ways or to raise up new leaders who will follow Christ. Pray for the protection of the unborn. Ask God to reassert His sovereign rule over our nation.

For Further Study:


** when. Gen 39:14-17; Num 22:29; Num 24:10; Judg 16:10; Job 12:4; ** was exceeding. Prov 27:3-4; Dan 3:13, 19-20; ** and slew. Gen 49:7; 2Kgs 8:12; Prov 28:15, 17; Isa 26:21; Isa 59:7; Hos 10:14; Rev 17:6;

(v.18) ** Rama. Jer 31:15; ** lamentation. Jer 4:31; Jer 9:17-21; Ezek 2:10; Rev 8:13; ** Rachel. Gen 35:16-20; ** would. Gen 37:30, 33-35; Gen 42:36; Job 14:10;


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