I always like the song “We Three Kings.” It is a little like a chant, but yet it is uplifting!
The Bible says that the Magi brought three gifts, so tradition says that there were three kings.
But, what about the fourth king? King Herod…Herod the Great, the man that Rome had named King of Judea or the Herodian Kingdom.
- Herod was enjoying life on his throne with (history reports) his 2,000 body guards. The Magi were seeking and traveled.
- Herod built great structures with his name being glorified. The Magi brought gifts for a king.
- The Magi were scholars. Herod had people who could look things up for him.
- The Magi sought to worship the new king. Herod sought to murder him.
- Herod and the Magi had the same opportunities and could have the same information.
- The Magi were seeking. Herod was hiding.
- The Magi knew that they were not the center of all things. Herod eliminated all potential competitors to his throne.
- The Magi worshipped the Messiah. Herod tried to kill him.
Jill (just one of God’s kids)
“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)