Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled.
In a day of bombast and one-upsmanship among many at the forefront of the American vessel, I thought two things when I read this this morning. And I think both things are supported by what the Spirit and Apostles tell us about Herod the Great and the Herodian sons who reigned after from this chapter in your New Testament all the way to Acts 12.
- A man who does not like being upstaged is a man who wants to be worshiped.
- Fragile and tyrannical kings will, in the end, be threatened when their subjects worship the true God, because the true God is something they can’t mold to their own liking.
All Herods want to be gods, and so all Herods are troubled by the real God. No matter what lip-service they might pay to Him. Remember, Herod Antipas liked listening to John the Baptist, but when the choice was between the prophet’s head and his own pride, the decision was made before the party wound down.
Food for thought(s).