Was Herod the king jealous that baby Jesus was born? Why?

Question: Was Herod the king jealous that baby Jesus was born?  Why?

Yes.  Herod was a puppet king, placed in power by the Roman Empire.  But he was a king non-the-less, and like most kings he wanted more power not less power.  Then out of the east come some wise men on pimped out camels and fancy gifts, and these guys didn’t come to see king Harod, they came to see some other king.  Can you imagine what he was thinking?  Another king?!? Here?!?!

Jesus represented a new Kingdom, and his coming (though misunderstood) represented a threat to other powers, be they kings like Herrod, or spiritual authorities like the Pharisees and teachers of the law later in the gospel.  It was more than just jealousy that Harod felt as he ordered the massacre of hundreds of babies in Jerusalem, it was fear.  Fear of losing what was most important to him, his power.

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3 Responses to “Was Herod the king jealous that baby Jesus was born? Why?”

  1. Ron Says:

    In Genesis 4:13-14. when Cain is talking to the Lord (after he killed Abel), he says, ‘My punishment is too great to bear… I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me’

    My question is… If Cain and Adam and Eve were the only people on the earth at this point… who are the ‘whoevers’ that Cain is worried about?

  2. Simon Says:

    People are always afraid of the end. BTW, I just heard about this at work. Never knew about this. What we call “stable” is just an illusion. The end will come…the only question people need to ask is how.

    check out the computer simulations….bye bye 60% of the planet earth. When revelations says that 1/3 of the earth will consumed in fire and destroyed, it’s not too hard to imagine

  3. Simon Says:

    good one! where did Cain get his wife? I always believed that when God created Adam and Eve, they were the first, but were they the only? The Bible never said that he didn’t make more.

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