By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea 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.... Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men."Matthew 2:1-4; 16-------The Messiah's birth was not celebrated by everyone.Herod found himself so frantic with fear, wondering, and restless anxiety that he demanded the execution of children under two across "his" land.Can we not sympathize and question the larger plan of God which seems impregnated with horrific realities too great to comprehend.Can we understand why God didn't simply snuff out the evil of one rotten King to save a beautiful child's kingdom?--------Hmmm ...The mysteries of God exceed human understanding and wisdom.The hand that sovereignly puts planets in place and, with a word, makes complete the entire world; here determines to allow Herod to have his time.The Messiah conceived by a virgin ... would allow for the hand of a treacherous King to rule, reign, and even kill.And in the end, whether we understand it or not,the Messiah came for the "Herods', for the harlots, for the hating, for the hurtful,and for the seemingly "inhuman."Christ became flesh, dwelt among men and became fully human.--------STUDY FOR GROWTH1) Read the accounts of Christ's birth in the four Gospels and record the characters which participated in all four.2) Reflect on the individuals and the "sins" forgiven the individuals composed in the geneology. What does this tell us of God?3) Reconsider the judgments "pending" in your heart about those you deem "unsavable and unsavorable" and reflect on whether the mind and heart of Christ, are at work in assisting you, in your suggestions.------
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