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Persecution soon after birth!

Scripture reading for January 2nd: Matthew 2, Psalm 2, Proverbs 1:

Satan, the ancient serpent of old, was put on notice in the Garden of Eden that the seed of woman would crush his head.  Since that time, Satan has pursued the Seed to kill, steal, and destroy.  He was particularly after the One that was promised and has left a trail of death throughout history.  Cain killed Abel by Satan’s inspiration.  In Moses’ day, all the Hebrew boys were to be thrown into the river and drowned.

In the time of Herod, a census was decreed by Rome and this brought Joseph and Mary to their place of registry in Bethlehem to pay their taxes.  As they approached the town, Mary was ready to give birth.  There was no place for them in the inns, so they took refuge in a stable and Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, the Son of God!

Matthew recorded the visit of wise men from the East, following a star and looking for one who was “born King of the Jews.”  When King Herod heard this news, he was disturbed and sought to find out where the Christ was to be born. “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means among the least of the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the Shepherd of My people Israel.” (Micah 5:2)  Herod lied to the wise men, asking to know who this child was.   The found the child and worshiped Him, leaving gifts.   They were warned in a dream not to tell Herod and returned another way.

Herod was furious and ordered the execution of all children in the area two years old and younger!  Joseph and Mary had been warned in a dream to flee to Egypt and had done so!  Such cruelty was directed towards Jesus at birth!  Satan surely tried to kill Him then but failed!   This story helps us to trust God in our journey through life.  He can protect us from the wiles of Satan and guide us to safety until we finish our journey and purposes here. Like Joseph and Mary, we must listen and obey quickly to avoid the traps set for us by Satan.  Delay can be fatal!  Others suffered too, but God works all for good in His great plan of redemption!

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