H is for Herod
(God is in Control)
The long war against God has been as fierce as it has been constant. Since his personal rebellion, Satan has amassed an army dedicated to thwarting the purposes of God. We still wrestle against principalities and powers, the rulers of the darkness of this age.
NAME: “Song of a Hero”
DATE: 1st Century BC
IDENTIFICATIONS: Jewish king who ruled Judea when Jesus was born.
STORY LINE: Herod slew Bethlehem’s infant boys in order to kill Jesus.
READ IT IN THE BIBLE: Matthew 2: 1-23
One of Satan’s soldiers was Herod the Great. With the support of Mark Antony, Herod managed to get himself appointed king of Judea by the Roman Senate in 40 BC. He was a ruthless fighter, a subtle diplomat, and a prolific builder. His crowning achievement was the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. Rabbinic literature says, “He who has not seen the Temple of Herod has never seen a beautiful building."
Herod enjoyed being king until wise men from the East arrived and asked. “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2). Herod must have said to himself, I thought I was the king of the Jews. When the chief priest and scribes informed him that the Savior and Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, the ruthless Herod put to death all the male children of Bethlehem from two years old and younger, hoping to kill Jesus.
Neither Herod nor any other of Satan’s henchmen can thwart the plan of God. The Almighty said, “I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it: I will also do it” (Isaiah 46:11). When it seems that Satan’s power and influence are becoming pervasive, don’t worry. God is still in control and He has the devil on a short leash. God will prevail. You can count on it.
—Dr. Woodrow Kroll
(Former President and Bible Teacher, Back to the Bible)
Back to the Bible Intl.
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