Texts: Isaiah 63:7-9; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23
Herod’s fear and the fear of the powerful people around him are what precipitated the tragedy we read about today. Matthew even lets it be known that Herod knew what the star and the birth meant; he is the first one to drop the word “Messiah” when asking his experts where to look. He knows that this child is God’s promised one, but that only makes him all the more determined to have the child eliminated. When the ploy with the magi fails, he resorts to scorched-earth tactics to ensure that his goal is achieved, and his power is safe.