Herod is not a name but a title. He was a Roman who ruled over Judea. The Herod of Matthew 2 is believed to be Herod the Great.
In Matthew 2 we read of a day when an entourage of foreigners entered Jerusalem asking about a new king. This would have been alarming. Herod’s rule over Judea was not strong. There was discord in his family because of many sons who might claim the throne. There would have been noblemen and military men looking for opportunities to overthrow Herod. The Roman emperor could choose to remove Herod from his position at any time. Now another threat appeared – impressive-looking foreigners asking to see the new king of the Jews. Such a situation would have made everyone fearful. People may have been wondering which scheming party was going to take over and how these foreigners had found out about it?
Notice Herod’s response. He called the chief priests and the scribes. He didn’t call in the scheming parties to find out who had connection to the foreigners. He didn’t call the registry of births to see who had been born recently. He didn’t even call the tourist agencies to find out from where the foreigners came. He called the chief priests. This makes me think that he knew the Scripture enough to connect the foreign men’s question to the Messiah. Herod heard the scribe read the prophecy. Herod had the opportunity at that time to get more information about the Messiah. He chose to reject that oppotunity.
Instead of worshipping the new born king, he chose to perform a horribly violent act by killing all the baby boys in Bethlehem who were two years old and younger. He chose to reject the truth of the Messiah and benefit that the Messiah could have been in his life.
Our response to this man’s story should be to not reject the truth ourselves. First of all believe the Bible which states that Jesus is the only way of salvation.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life;
no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again
to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled
and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you
1 Peter 1:3-4
Next, do not reject the truth that you read in the Bible. Trust that God did know how to write His Word so that it applies to our lives today. If something that you read seems hard to do, ask God to help you to do it. If you do not see how something you read can apply to your life today, ask God to show what you need to learn from that passage. If you find yourself denying that the passage relates to you or that you do not want to do what it says, ask God to forgive you. Also ask Him to help you to be willing to do what He says.
God will not answer in stunning visions or in loud voices. He will work in your heart patiently. As you believe, He will show you more that you need to know. Trust that He knows the truth and believe that truth.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof,
for correction, for training in righteousness;
so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.