Born to Die

one day.

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” ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.’ When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” (Matthew 2:2-3).

“Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi
(Matthew 2:16).

Herod the Great reigned as the king of Judea from 37 BC until his death in 4 BC, and was very jealous and very desirous of power. Around 29 BC, Herod had killed his wife, Mariamne, out of jealousy. He couldn’t stand any threats to his throne and had three of his sons put to death, and his brother “escaped death only by dying.” Herod also had killed several of the men he made High Priests of the Temple, due to their gaining too much popularity with the Jews, after killing around forty of the Sanhedrin. Herod’s reputation for murder and jealousy eventually led to the saying that, “It is safer to be Herod’s pig than his relative.”

the Herodium, destroyed in 71AD

Herod was also obsessed with building cities, palaces, etc. He built the Herodium on a mountain, which was located three miles southeast of Bethlehem (Bethlehem was between the Herodium and Jerusalem). “Mary and Joseph, along with all the other shepherds and craftsmen of Bethlehem, would wake each day to the ominous sight of the Herodium against the sunrise” (1). Herod also began to rebuild the Jewish Temple in 19 BC – which was not completed until 63AD, only to be again destroyed in 70AD.

When he heard from the Magi that a King was born in Bethlehem, he ordered that all male children under two years old be slain. Again, he did this out of fear of a new king taking over his kingdom.

song of the day:

Born to Die
by Shane & Shane

When the babe was born.
In a manger on the hay.
God saw a veil torn.
He saw Good Friday.
He was born to die.

Gold laid before the Christ.
Incense, His presence is sweet.
Myrrh to signify victory over death’s sting.
He was born to die.

It came in a dream.
To Joseph late on night.
That Herod sought the King.
But could not take His life.
He was born to die.

He said, “You won’t take my life.
You won’t take my life.
You won’t take my life…
I lay it down.”

We came here today
to celebrate His birth.
But let us not forget
why Jesus came to earth.
He was born to die.

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