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  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

As the month of December coincides with the Christmas season, in this month I intend to dwell exclusively on all the topics revolving around Christmas using the visit of the Wise man described in Matthew 2 as the base.

Let me wish you a happy and an edifying read… oh yes-MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF US!

Suresh Manoharan




December 10th

Mixed up priorities and Divine Comeuppance





King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” Matt 2:3

 
  How mixed-up, one can be in his priorities? This is the question that would crop-up in one mind as we look closely at King Herod’s persona as a part of our study of the Christmas story involving the visit of the Wise men.

Here we see a King who himself wanted and came to know ‘where the God-ordained Messiah would be born’ and then wonder of wonders, very soon he set himself up to kill that very Christ-Child, on mistaking him for a competitor to his earthly throne! To understand King Herod’s mind would be trying to understand the working of a clock running backwards. How can you want to kill the God-ordained Messiah himself? How can anyone be so mixed-up, in his priorities? Simply put Sin exposes us sometimes for what we are just as it did King Herod. Individuals neatly wrapped –up in our cocoons.



Our minds would spin as we consider ‘the depth’ of King Herod’s sin. Not only was he sinning by conspiring to liquidate someone (murder is sin), but actually sinning very grievously by trying to go against very plans’ of God after having come to know of them from the right source i.e.… the Jewish religious leaders with their ready access to the Scriptures.

The result of his sins? You do not have to go beyond Deuteronomy 32:35 to understand all there is to understand about Divine comeuppance regarding King Herod. Historian Josephus in his Antiquities records soberly his torturous death ‘ he died of ulcerated entrails, putrefied and maggot-filled organs, constant convulsions and foul breath which neither the physicians nor warm baths could cure’.

Prayer:

Father, history bears witness to the fact that all those who rebelled against Thee have come to a tragic end. From Pharaoh Rameses to Hitler, the story has been the same. We pray, eyes of many would be opened to this fact and that they would repent. In Jesus’ name.
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