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Herod Kills Young Boys
Bible Passage Matthew 2:16-18
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books Genesis, Jeremiah, Matthew.

Herod Kills Young Boys

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 29, 2022

16 Then Herod, seeing that he had been mocked by the Magi, was filled with rage; and he sent and put to death all the boys who were in Bethlehem and in the area all around, from two years old and under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the Magi.

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18 “A voice was heard in Rama, lamentation and weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she would not be comforted, because they were not.”

Herod waited for the wise men but they never returned to him. It does not mean that they did it for the purpose of mocking or deriding him, but that he was disappointed in their not returning, or that he had been trifled with. It was the angel that directed the wise men not to return to Herod with any report.

When, after some time, the Magi did not return, Herod saw that the only way to be certain of destroying the new king was to kill all male children under two years of age in the Bethlehem area. He fixed the age of the doomed children according to details given to him by the Magi, which suggests that Jesus by this time was between one and two years old.

The hostility of Herod targeted at Jesus ended up killing numerous children. This is an illustration of the power of envy and greed, coupled with anger. It stops at nothing. If it cannot accomplish just what it wishes, it does not hesitate to go much further and accomplish much more evil than it at first designed. He that has a wicked heart, and indulges envious thoughts, know not where it will end, and will commonly commit far more evil than he at first intended.

They killed boys in Bethlehem and in the area around it; settlements or hamlets around Bethlehem – all that was in that neighborhood.

Rachel lived long ago. She was the wife of Jacob, who was also called Israel. Therefore, she was the mother of Israel’s people. God’s servant Jeremiah imagined that she was sitting by her grave near Bethlehem (Genesis 35:19). She was weeping for her children as their enemies took them away to Babylon (Jeremiah 31:15). Now Rachel was weeping for the children in Bethlehem whom Herod had killed.

This emphasizes the role of mothers and their troubled when their children are in pain. If the children do not sleep at night, the mother equally stays awake to attend to these children.

🔷 Envy and greed can cause evil and so must be completely avoided by all believers

🔷 Women have a special attachment to their children and those who throw their babies away or neglect them must revisit their notes

🔷 No weapon fashioned against the children of God shall prosper

💥 Thank God for protecting you from the evil plans of the enemy
💥 Pray for your children to be protected from evil eyes

Evil people will go the extra mile to great what they want. But God will secure His children from them.

In series Bright Morning Reflections