What the fear of competition does to some people

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01.02.2017 – New Testament: Matt 2.17–18

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

By Don Ruhl

When it comes to politics, many people do not want competition, they do not want to hear other viewpoints, and they will do whatever it takes to shut down their opponent. That has been going on for a long time. For example, Herod ordered the deaths of all the male children in Bethlehem and its districts under the age of 2 to eliminate a competing Jewish king who had just been born,

Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:

“A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”
(Matthew 2.17–18)

The Lord knew beforehand that Herod would do this very thing and so the Lord had His prophet Jeremiah write of it centuries before. What people will do for political gain shocks me, but as you can see, Herod willingly ordered the deaths of babies and toddlers out of his fear that the people would take the new born king and overthrow Herod and make Jesus the king. Herod died anyway, and Jesus reigns over more than just Palestine, but He reigns over the heavens and the earth.

Questions:

  • Do you let politics stir you into a rage?
  • Do you believe Jesus can handle the enemies of the church that rise up in politics?

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