Weeping in Ramah

Matthew 2:13-18 (ESV)

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

Herod wanted to kill Jesus, because he was afraid of losing his kingdom. Little did he know that Jesus did not come for the purpose that most kings do. Jesus did not come for an earthly kingdom, at least not at that time. He will come back to rule for a thousand years, and then He and the Father for all eternity in the New Jerusalem.

We know that the children two years old and younger were murdered in Bethlehem, in accordance with the time of the appearance of the star which led the Magi to Christ. So why did the babies have to die? It is not that they had to, but they were murdered because of how evil king Herod was. Even though the prophet had foretold this, it still is sad, and I do not understand it. How could someone be so evil as to murder innocent babies? Yet it is done several times in history. Pharaoh had the male Israelite babies murdered as well, and this was when Moses was born. In more modern times, we have legalized the murder of babies as a convenience, calling it a woman’s choice. I think this is even more heinous than what Pharaoh and Herod did.

So why are people not weeping for the children being murdered today? Some are, but not enough. We need to challenge those who make the laws by which our country runs, to have those things changed. God calls us to become involved, to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Surely this includes the innocent children.

Times change, but the Word of God stands firm. People are responsible for what they do, but also what they allow to be done, by not doing something else. So get involved in protecting those who cannot protect themselves. There are places that help women to understand that whether the child(ren) they are carrying is(are) wanted or not, the child(ren) are people, and important. You can donate time or money to help protect lives. You can contact the legislators to change the laws that allow for the murder of the innocent.

Whatever you decide to do, do something. Pray for those who are in difficult situations, and feel hopeless. May God guide us all into holiness and mercy.

by Virgil Stripes

Photo: the slaughter of the innocents

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