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Monday, December 22, 2014

Frightening Christmas-God’s dealings with Herod the Great

Posted by Gary on December 18, 2010

Hebrews 10:31 “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Scripture’s account of Christ’s birth introduces us to many people who played a role in God’s plan of salvation. One of them is Herod the Great whose evil desire to retain power for himself and his family led to his “Slaughter of the Innocents”. The Bible tells us that Herod, upon learning from the magi that the Christ had been born within about a two year period before his conversation with them, ordered the death of all Jewish male children two and younger in Bethlehem and its environs (Matthew 2:16-23).

A few years ago, I came across some information from the Jewish historian Josephus about Herod’s death. As I read it I could not help but think about the justice and severity of God upon those who commit evil in His sight and do not repent. What Herod did was one of the most evil things ever done in this world most of all because of its intent to murder the Son of God.

God is merciful but when He sets out to punish, the results are devastating. We tend to focus on the warm fuzzy things about the Incarnation story but never forget that there was much that was sinful and frightening. Take a moment to read the description of Josephus of Herod’s last days:

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Pay attention

Posted by Gary on March 13, 2009

I wonder if we have any idea of the evil of the day in which we live? I assume that people who can be at ease while false gods are proclaimed and 42,000,000 infants are murdered each year can be numb to anything. This story comes out of North Carolina today of judge Ned Mangum who has decided that three children who are currently home schooled by their mother need to go to public school.

The parents of the children are in the midst of a divorce and the mother home schools the children. The children test two grades above their grade level and according the story, the father and court agree that the children have “thrived with home school”.

What is the issue? The children’s mother, Vanessa Mills teaches from the Bible. Vanessa’s curriculum includes: math, science, grammar, reading and music. The father has objected to their removal from public school since the mother started attending a church where all the children are home schooled and is concerned with the “religious-based science curriculum” taught to the children.

Judge Mangum ruled that the children should be in public school. Really? Who is judge Mangum to decide what is best for someone else’s children? Who has custody of the children? Pay attention people, we are progressively heading into a system of power that will determine what your children should do and have even above your discretion as their parent.

According to Mrs. Mills, Judge Mangum decided:

“(it) would be a good opportunity for the children to be tested in the beliefs that I have taught them,”

Frightening. The powers that be have decided that someone else’s children are ready to have their beliefs tested. That sir, is not your decision to make regardless of the fact that the Godless system of power in place has told you that it is.

Many more things like this take place. In some states children can have abortions without notifying parents or receiving their consent (see list here). Who are parents that they should be allowed to know? Big brother is the leader now, not father and mother.

Ephesians 5:15-16 “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”