When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi,
he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem
and its vicinity who were two years old and under,
in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
Matthew 2:16 (NIV)
Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”
Matthew 2:11-18 (NIV)
Recently an insane young man entered a primary school in the U.S.A. and shot to death 20 young students and several teachers. Such a senseless waste of life is a great tragedy. People all over the world are mourning the loss of the lives of these individuals.
Likely there were Christmas presents wrapped or hidden away in the homes of the victims. These presents for the dead children and teachers will be sorrowful reminders to the parents, siblings and other family members of their great loss. Words are powerless to take away the grief from the families affected.
A similar tragedy occurred shortly after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The insane ruler Herod the Great heard the rumour that a king of the Jews had been born in Bethlehem. Jealous for his own position he ordered that all boys 2 years of age and under be slaughtered both in Bethlehem and vicinity. There must be no king but Herod!
Just as there was weeping at the time of Jesus’ birth so we mourn this season when we remember the sorrow of so many families involved in this dreadful event.
We should pray for the families affected by this senseless action and call on the Lord to bind up the broken hearts as He promised in Psalm 147:3 (NIV)
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Let us all pray to the Prince of Peace and call on Him to rain righteousness upon us so that such evil may be taken away and truth and justice reign in its place.