Herod’s Worship – Matthew 2:1-12

30 Aug

A long time ago the Spirit of our Lord gave me a quick revelation into this passage of scripture.  Allow me to present the full text first…

Matthew 2:1-12  “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.  When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.  And they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,  And you Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, are not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of you shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.  Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.  When they had heard the king, they departed; and, see, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.  And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.”

The first thing I would like to point out is that Herod (although we know now that his motive was an evil one) asked the wise men from the east to find the baby Jesus (the son of God) so that he could involve himself in the worship of the one they sought after.  This is the behavior of  so many Christians in the western world today!  They rely solely on the love, labor and daily efforts of others in the church to instruct them in the ways and paths of righteousness.  We have more Bible’s today in the world than ever before, yet many sincere believers find it hard to even comprehend how much Jesus wants to speak to them personally.  This only happens by cultivating (or developing) a personal habit of daily prayer and thorough study of the Word of God.  This alone is the only sure foundation or framework of all who desire to walk humbly and honestly before the Lord.

Now back to the scripture – King Herod (had his heart and intentions been pure) would not have waited for the wise men to return to him – for who would want to depend on others when they themselves have the resources and finances necessary to realize their own dreams and achieve their own goals?  Had Herod been actually seeking the Messiah to worship him, he would have at once left his earthly palace and gone with those whose hearts were set on seeing God.  This is what happens to any who God chooses to call by his own name (see note 1).

Thus we can see that Herod was lazy (had he actually been called to love the new born king rather than destroy him) in his approach to “worshiping” Jesus.  He wanted the wise men to do all the work and then bring him the fruit of their efforts as he sat back eating figs and the best that Palestine during his lifetime had to offer.  He was content to do nothing but to selfishly take from what others had come thousands of miles to see with their own eyes and enjoy.  This is unfortunately the same in much of Christianity today!  We sit back and wait for our poor pastors to “feed us” when we ourselves should come to church already full and eager to be a blessing rather than a curse and a spiritually drain on the man or woman of God that is ministering that particular day!  What a blessing it would be if everyone would do their own study and prayer at home and come to church ready to give back to someone else (particularly new Christians); rather than lay the entire burden solely on one (often overworked and underpaid) individual.  This is the method of Herod – this was his style of worship!

How it must grieve the Holy Spirit that so many believers can watch hours and hours of television (or whatever else consumes your daily lives) and never once give two hoots as to what the Spirit is so desperately trying to say, especially in this generation!  We are living on the brink of a total financial holocaust (yes folks, it is coming) and there is so much that still needs to be done before the Lord will return!  Jesus needs all believers to come back to the basic principals of our faith – prayer, communion and a rich study of God’s precious Word if we are ever to become truly empowered and see spiritual fruit in our lives.  Often Christians become discouraged in their walk with the Lord – and often this is the reason why.  They rely to much on others to do for them what God wants them to do for themselves.  That is all  I have to say, my dearly beloved in the Lord.  Chow!

Notes:

1) A beautiful example of this is found only a few chapters later (Matthew 4:20) and also in Matthew 9:9 where the disciples of Jesus (those whom Yeshua called) instantly left everything they had to follow the one they were so destined to love.  In chapter 4, the disciples were Andrew and his brother Peter, in chapter 9 it was the man that wrote this beloved gospel, Matthew.

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