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:
- He found out from the wise men that the Christ has been born.
- 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.”
- What do you fear?
- What do you do with your fears?
- 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