The Outcast: Herod – King or Outcast

What if Herod feared becoming an outcast? Taking into consideration of King Herod becoming a mad man that arose out of fear, it doesn’t excuse his actions. What it does is help us to not become like him. We can follow into a different set of footsteps, that are laid out by God to protect us and others.

For King Herod, all we know is:

  1. He found out from the wise men that the Christ has been born.
  2. Herod started digging for information. He approached the religious leaders of his day to find out what the Word of God spoke about the Messiah’s coming. Through seeking the right people, he found out that Christ would have been born in Bethlehem of Judea (see Mt. 2:5-6). From there, he could summon them to go and find the Christ-child. He lied, stating he wanted to go and worship Him.

They went. They found Jesus. And, they fell down on their faces in worship. God is good, and is continuing to pursue His chosen people. None would stop the good work God was doing – not even King Herod.

God protected the Christ-child, Joseph, and Mary through sending word to those who fear Him. They discerned His voice, and were obedient to His Word. God spoke to the wise men and Joseph through dreams.  Like most, Herod’s fears – meant destructive actions. He would allow his fears to control his life and actions. Most of us when we fear, don’t do anything too terrifying – Herod, on the other hand, murdered all the male children in Bethlehem and surrounding it. There was an intense outcry of injustice and grief. He allowed his fear and hands to dominate, and issued a degree that murdered many mothers’ baby boys.

Herod had a status none other in the land had, because he was king. He was fearful, reckless, and it drove him mad. King Herod is actually know for being a mad man. Jewish History actually describes Herod quite well as “a certified madman, but had moments of genuine concern for the country. In the end, though, his legacy was one of paranoia, terror, murder and evil.”

Reflection Activities:

  1. What do you fear?
  2. What do you do with your fears?
  3. For King Herod his fear overtook him. How can we take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ?

See 2 Corinthians 10:5; Philippians 4:8; 2 Timothy 1:7


Author: Stacey Patrick

Stacey is a writer by nature, and blogs over at Stacey loves to write whenever she can. Her writings center around her love relationship with Jesus Christ, His precious words of truth, chronic illness, and singleness.

2 thoughts on “The Outcast: Herod – King or Outcast”

  1. Our pastor was talking about fear today in church, but a different kind. I must be needing to hear about fears today. I fear more then I want to admit and I let it control me when I know I shouldn’t. Fear can become very overwhelming but I need to remember I have God with me so I need not fear.

  2. I was too anxious to go to class, and I probably should of… but it is what it is. I can’t go back. I didn’t shrink back and hide as one might, but just did my Sunday School lesson a different way… I fear and get anxiety. Some days, I can fight it. Other days, I just froze up before I even got to church.. So, it was an “off” kind of day. But, a good day. Filled with a message I needed to hear on Spirit-filled living. Now to apply it to my life, and reflect on my notes.

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