Sometimes we have the tendency to “read through” many of the atrocities found in the Holy Bible, without stopping to consider them. While doing some study in the Gospel of Matthew, I was brought to a place of considering Matthew 2:16. “ Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.”
Could this have possibly happened?; Could anyone be so evil? The answer of course, is yes it did happen, and yes, the evil hearts of men with the encouragement of the demons under the control of the evil one can bring about unimaginable horror and inhumanity. We only need consider the “ethnic cleansing” going on all over the world this very day to come to accept the historical “believability” of Herod’s inhumanity.
An interesting mini-study may be discovered by doing an internet search as follows: “Top 50 evil rulers in recorded history.” Such a search will only provide subjective sampling, and we may very well consider many other examples. While doing such a study, we may read about these people, and these incredible acts of inhumanity by considering them “from our hearts” rather than in the intellect. It is very difficult to do this, because in our own lives, we are safe from such things and they really don’t affect us in any personal way. This is why contemplation, meditation and prayer, during times of study, brings us to much more depth than simply studying things from the mind alone. In doing these studies, if we are brought to a place of consideration from the heart, consider also the reality that man’s inhumanity to man has not changed over the centuries, and if anything, has gotten more brutal.
“While doing this bit of research, I went back to the Book of Genesis and read the following: “Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.” Genesis 4:8. To come to consider the evil of fallen man, apart from God, from century to century, should bring us to a place of “groaning in the spirit.” It is then we may come to consider the following verse from the Holy Scriptures. “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” Romans 7:24
Praise Almighty God in Heaven, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Yours in Christ,