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The Answer is in the Scriptures

Matthew 2:3-6
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 'In Bethlehem in Judea,' they replied, 'for this is what the prophet has written: "But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel."' (NIVUK)

The Magi's announcement of a Jewish king born in King Herod's territory made him very anxious. He was not a descendant of David, or even a true Jew; he was an Edomite, a descendant of Esau who married one of Ishmael's daughters (Genesis 28:8-9). He had done well for himself as the puppet-king of the occupying Roman forces. But the prospect of a true Jewish king filled him with terror: he might be deposed; there might be a popular uprising which would threaten his job and life if the Romans thought he was unable to control the Jewish people.

Herod had no idea where this child might be. He called the theological experts to tell him. The answer was not difficult for them to give because the prophet Micah had written it down 700 years previously: "'But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.' (Micah 5:2). It was one of the well-known Messianic prophecies, but Herod was too absorbed with his own power and position to research the kingdom he occupied.

It is the same today. People who seek their own power and glory despise the Scriptures. Even though they express God's perfect wisdom, vain people invent their own wisdom. Although God has provided clear instructions about salvation, proud people think they can save themselves. Despite so many Old Testament prophecies being fulfilled in the life and ministry of Jesus, arrogant people dismiss His prophecies of heaven and hell. Wise people are willing to look into the Scripture to understand how to relate to their Maker; they find that His answers satisfy their essential questions. So, make it your objective to examine the Scriptures more carefully this month and have the courage to share God’s Word with somebody who has yet to put their trust in Him.

God of all knowledge and wisdom. Thank You that You know everything, even before it happens. Thank You for Your Word which reveals Your character, how much You love me, and how I can live and work with You. Please give me a fresh hunger to read Your Word and the courage to share it with people even if they do not trust You at the moment. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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