Verse of the Day
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 2:16
Christmas story is incomplete without mentioning King Herod. Herod (B.C. 73–B.C. 4) was a friend of the Emperor Augustus and knew Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. King Herod, ethnically Arab but a practicing Jew, increased the land he governed from Palestine to parts of modern Jordan, Lebanon and Syria constructing fortresses, aqueducts and amphitheatres and earned him the title ‘Herodes Magnus’, Herod the Great. King Herod was son of Antipater, his mother was Cyprus, he had at least ten wives named Doris, Mariamne I, Mariamne II, Malthace, Cleopatra (Jewish), Pallas, Phaedra, Elpis, others and had 14 children including Herod Antipas, Philip, Archelaus, Aristobulus, Antipater, others. He killed his father-in-law, executed one of his 10 wives and three of his 14 children, and ordered the infamous Slaughter of the Innocents in his quest to kill the Baby Jesus.
Herod was a successful king and a person gifted with vast kingdom, yet he was a very insecure person. He had everything, huge amount money to spend, large force for security, big castle for living, many wives for sharing and maids for service. In spite of all this we see him as a very insecure and unhappy, out of mistrust he killed one of his ten wives, killed three of his sons and killed all children of Bethlehem who were below 2 years of age. Most of us keep on striving for worldly riches, as we earn more our lust to earn even more increases. As a result, we remain uncontended, worried and unhappy. Contentment, happiness and mental peace are result of being thankful to Lord for everything he provides us and sharing God’s blessing with our fellow human beings.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for everything that you have provided us, often Satan makes us unhappy with all we have and sow seeds of discontentment in our lives. Heavenly Father, at all these times you come to our rescue and restore our happiness. Lord, bless us with the spirit of contentment, satisfaction and gladness and let our lives bring happiness for others also. In Jesus name, accept our prayers, Amen