The wise men followed a star and Herod secretly followed them. They both were hoping to see the Savior, the ONE worthy of worship. The wise men followed to witness the miracle of His birth and to bless Mary and Joseph. #gold #frankincense #myrrh #diplacedfromhome
Although he tried to hide his motive for seeking Jesus, King Herod was determined to destroy the future king. He needed to eliminate any threat to his throne.
God’s warning gave the young couple time to flee to Egypt before the heartbreaking occurrence, which was prophesied re: the slaughter of innocent children (Is. 31:15). Wherever grace appears so does the one whose goal is to steal, kill and destroy.
Help us to not get distracted but to earnestly seek you, LORD. #treasureofmyheart
When the night is dark, your light shines brighter still. – Teresa #bethoumyvision #seethroughthesmokescreen #census #chaosofpoliticalagendas #focusonHim
Mathew 1:7-12 (ESV)
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.