Cruelty beyond imagination

Matthew Bible Background

01.02.2017 – New Testament: Matt 2.16

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 2 on January 2, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

When the wise men did not return to Herod to reveal to him the location of the newborn King of the Jews, he did something that I cannot fathom,

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men (Matthew 2.16). 

How could a man be so cold and heartless? What about the soldiers who carried out his command? They had to be as cold and heartless. How do we picture such an event. Yet, it happened, because the devil determined to kill the Christ before He could do His work of saving man. However, the devil failed miserably.


  • Why did Herod feel threatened by a baby?
  • Would you describe Herod as a man of the people?

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