A Warning Against Herod

Bible Event – Jesus’ Life

Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Get away from here, because Herod wants to kill you”.

A Fox

Jesus knew that Herod had hoped to see Him perform a miracle but that was not in Jesus’ planning. He also knew that Herod wanted Him to move beyond his region of authority, away from Galilee and the surrounding villages so, sending a few Pharisees with the message that he wanted to kill him would, he hoped, get Him to leave immediately.

Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete my work'”.

Jesus was unmoved by Herod’s threat and cunning tactics. He even described Herod as a fox – cunning and sly. Jesus had work to do in the Galilee area for the next three days and He would remain until it was completed. Only then would He continue his journey towards Jerusalem. Besides, although Jesus knew that his crucifixion and death was approaching, He also knew that it would happen in Jerusalem saying, “It is impossible that a prophet should be killed outside Jerusalem” – in Herod’s area of authority. (Luke 13:31-33)

Thought

It’s easy to fall for the tricks of others in life and when we do, it’s difficult to redeem ourselves. Yet, by trusting in God, we will avoid such mistakes.

Reflection

Lord Jesus, teach me how to distinguish between the right path and the many worldly distractions surrounding me. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Prayer: Day-by-day (St Richard of Chichester)

Praise be to Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
May, we see you more clearly,
Love you more dearly,
and follow You more nearly.
Day by day. Amen