An Angry King, Pastor Phil Sessa

Matthew 2:3, “When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.”

What causes you to get angry? Perhaps there are certain situations or people that seem to cause anger to rise up in you. According to the Scriptures anger alone is not a sin. The Scriptures says, be angry and sin not or in your anger do not sin. One thing that seems to make most people excited however is the birth of a child. When a child is born many come to see the newborn and rejoice with the family to whom the child has been born. However, can you picture any reason why one would become angry because of a newborn? This was the response of King Herod to the news of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Matthew tells us, “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Why would these Magi which had had traveled from the East, most likely from Persia, first go to King Herod the Roman King to inquire of the newborn Jewish King? Where else would one go to find a King but in a palace? However, God in His Divine Providence moved Christ to safety because God knew of the mutiny that Herod plotted against Jesus. Matthew describes the response of Herod about the news of Jesus’ birth, “When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him”. What was it that caused King Herod to become angry and troubled and ALL JERUSALEM WITH HIM?!?! At this time Herod was the King, although he himself was not Jewish he was the King of the Jews as the Jewish people were under Roman authority.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary explains that, “In contrast with the Magi’s desire to worship the King of the Jews, Herod is deeply troubled. In this “all Jerusalem” joins him, not because most of the people would have been sorry to see Herod replaced or because they were reluctant to see the coming of King Messiah, but because they well knew that any question like the Magi’s would result in more cruelty from the ailing Herod, whose paranoia had led him to murder his favorite wife and two sons.” WOW, a King that murdered his own wife and sons, no wonder he had no problem desiring to murder the new born King, the Son of God!. Hatred is murder of the heart according to God as John wrote, “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” Herod did not want to be replaced, and the people did not wish to experience Herod’s killing tirade as he played no favorites when it came to murder. If Christ were to take the throne and be crowned King, what would that mean for Herod? 1. Herod would no longer be King, 2. The Jews would now look to their own King, 3. The authority Herod had over the Jews would now be passed to Jesus 4. Jerusalem would no longer be under the rule of Herod but under the rule of Jesus

In the natural I can see why Herod was troubled and angry of this newborn King. This would mean King Herod would be out, and King Jesus would sit on the throne in Jerusalem.

Christ’s desires to have the natural sinful Herod heart off the throne, and for Him to have rule and reign over your life. Do you worship like the Magi or become troubled, angry and rebellious like Herod as Christ assumes Kingship over your life. Perhaps today is a day of humble repentance for you. As you examine your response to King Jesus, is it truly one of worship or is Herod’s heart beating in your life?

Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil <><

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