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He Was Furious

December 21, 2016

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He Was Furious

Uncontrollable anger  is a terrible thing.     The person loses  his ability  to reason  and usually commits  great wrongs.     That’s how it was with King Herod.     He so hated  the thought  of losing his kingship  to the baby Jesus,  that he lied  to the magi  to get them  to lead him  to Jesus.

But,  God is in control  of everything  and warned the magi  in a dream  to return home  by a different route.     God also told Joseph  in a dream  to immediately escape  to Egypt.     With their obedience,  Matthew 2:16-18  then says,

When Herod realized  that he had been outwitted  by the Magi,  he was furious,  and he gave orders  to kill  all the boys  in Bethlehem  and its vicinity  who were two years old  and under,  in accordance  with the time he had learned  from the Magi.     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.

“He was furious.”      And where did his fury lead him?       To kill  an untold number of innocent boys,  two years old  and younger.     What a shame  and sadness!     Herod’s evil fury  brought so much pain  to so many.

And yet,  God is in control.     Herod’s evil  had been prophesied  by Jeremiah  around 600 years  beforehand.     Because God is righteous  and just,  we can be assured  of Herod’s eternal condemnation  for his unbelief  and lack  of trust  in the LORD.

But,  what does this say  to us?     There is so much  in our lives  that we will never understand  until we reach  our heavenly home  through faith  in Christ Jesus.     Whatever evil  is happening,  God is in control  —  and we can trust Him  to lead us through this veil  of tears.

Knowing  we will understand  and praise God  in heaven,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for carrying us  through this life.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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