It’s throwback time.
This week, we go back 2,000 years for The Ass Of The Week: Herod the Great.
He was born in 73 BC, and died about 4 AD.
He was a charmer! Killed several family members just to make sure they didn’t take power, had his enemies killed for “shits and grins”, and is considered the evil genius of the Jewish Nation even to this day.
After the Wise Men figured out that he wanted to kill the Baby Jesus, they dodged the bullet and left town another way.
You know, the wise men had followed the star from the East and it stopped over the house where Jesus was living with Mary and Joseph.
One writer, St. Matthew, said it this way.
When the Magi had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up”, he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”
Though some scholars say this is a story and not history, and some say in a town the size of Bethlehem, only about 20 children would have died, the Bible tells us it is true. The very idea of slaughtering every male child under the age of two is appalling.
I wonder, could this happen today?
Yup, Herod, your the AOTW.