DayBreaks for 12/16/19: The Wisdom of the Foolish
One of the most horrible parts of the story about the birth of Jesus is the part about the actions of King Herod and the slaughter of the innocents. It is something that is so foreign to our mindset today that one could ever do such a thing or that it could be sanctioned by any government or society. Yet, it is part of the Biblical record and it did happen. How many innocent children died as a result of Herod’s insecurity and cruelty? God alone knows.
In a playful lexicon of religious terms entitled Peculiar Treasures, author Frederick Buechner captures well the interesting interplay of the stories of the Magi and King Herod:
“The foolishness of the wise is perhaps nowhere better illustrated than by the way the three Magi went to Herod the Great, King of the Jews, to find out the whereabouts of the holy child who had just been born King of the Jews to supplant him. It did not even strike them as suspicious when Herod asked them to be sure to let him know when they found him so he could hurry on down to pay his respects.
“Luckily for the holy child, after the three Magi had followed their star to the manger and left him their presents, they were tipped off in a dream to avoid Herod like the plague on their way home.
“Herod was fit to be tied when he realized he’d been had and ordered the murder of every male child two years old and under in the district. For all his enormous power, he knew there was someone in diapers more powerful still. The wisdom of the foolish is perhaps nowhere better illustrated.”
If anyone had told Herod that a baby in diapers was more powerful than he was, he would have laughed. Yet who is it that today is revered and worshipped around the world…and who is it that died and became a footnote to history largely because he was associated with the baby in diapers who escaped his murderous attempts!
As we worship the one born in the manger this season, may we fall captivity to His spellbinding love even as we recall His unlimited power!
PRAYER: Jesus, rule in our hearts this season and for all seasons until we see You face to face! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>