This is a part of the Christmas story that isn’t depicted in children’s church programs due to its graphic nature. However, it’s still a part of it nonetheless. Yes, I’m talking about the time in Israel’s history when King Herod ordered the death of every male child 2 and under.
“Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”
There’s no need to question why the paranoid king made this decision. Obviously he felt that threatened to keep his throne. What I would like to propose to you is this question: How did the Israelites feel about it?
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