He Was Furious
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.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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.