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Why did King Herod try to kill Jesus shortly after His birth? After all, what difference could a tiny baby have made to someone as powerful as he was?


A:

Historians tells us that King Herod (or Herod the Great, as he liked to be called) was a cruel, power-hungry ruler who destroyed anyone he feared was trying to topple him from his throne. He even killed several members of his own family because he thought they were plotting against him.

When a group of wise men (or scholars) came to Jerusalem shortly after Jesus was born they asked one question: Where could they find the newly-born king of the Jews? They added, “We have seen His star in the east and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2, NKJV). When word of this reached King Herod, he sent for them and urged them to find the child, so he could worship him, too.

But Herod was lying. His real goal was to destroy the child, fearing (illogically) that in time Jesus would take over his throne. God warned the wise men of Herod’s plot in a dream, and after Herod realized they had evaded him, he ordered the death of every child in Bethlehem below the age of two.

Herod wasn’t the last to try to destroy Christ and His people; even in our own day evil men and women rise up against God’s work. But God’s Word is true: “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18, KJV). And some day Christ will come again to judge all evil, and Satan’s defeat will be complete. On whose side are you?

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50 Comments

  1. Christine Kathure says:

    I love my Jesus. I thank God for the gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

  2. Amy Mizell says:

    I love Jesus, my Christ.

  3. Jason spears says:

    Jesus is King of all.

    1. James W Schnacky says:

      Amen.

  4. Ghani Lemai says:

    As King Herod was apprehensive of the birth of Christ, not only non-Christians are against true believers of Christ but even so-called Christians are against each other. The guidance of the Holy Spirit and love of Christ will endure forever. Amen!

  5. Ezra Mwaluda Mwashamba says:

    This message is awesome! This morning after l finished my morning glory prayers, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me,”Herod is seeking to kill the vision of God’s purpose in His people”. This has led me to search and by the grace of God, l have seen light and more revelation. God bless and keep in touch.

  6. Athing says:

    Good to read billygraham.org. It’s simple and easy to understand. Thank you.

  7. Robert Eckerstrom says:

    Let’s not forget to remember Jesus’ death. For it is more important than his birth.

  8. Naomi Mcbride says:

    Thanks