Today we’re talking about egos. About how they can get in the way of so many things. We’ll reference Matthew 2:13-18 here. Herod, completely made with jealousy over another king being proclaimed decides to have every baby 2 and under killed so that he can rid himself of the King Jesus.
It says in verse 16 that he was infuriated when he had been tricked by the wise men. This led to him issuing the death order. All of this, though, was a fulfillment of the prophecy in Jeremiah (Jer. 31:14-15) that says:
“I hear the screams of the anguish weeping, and wailing in Ramah. Rachel is weeping uncontrollably for her children and she refuses to be comforted, because they are dead and gone.”
Notes from the Passion Bible say that Rachel is a metaphor here for all of Israel.
So we have this king Herod who doesn’t want Jesus anywhere near him because he thinks that people will actually catch on to the fact that he is indeed the Savior of the world that has been spoken of all these years. So he becomes infuriated that someone would betray him and doesn’t just have a conference call or try to find these men and throw them in prison, he orders all babies 2 and under to be killed. Pretty harsh reaction.
But, this happened because he didn’t want to lose power. He didn’t want to surrender. His ego got in the way and ruled him. Ruled his decisions. Ruled his life.
Jesus calls us to be free. Calls us to be loved. Calls us to be compassionate and a reflection of Him. In Him there is no ego. In Him there is no desire for fame, for wealth, for all the things that we seek in this world.
In Him there is only the desire to know you more. To know me more. To know all of us more and to have us lean more and more on Him and in Him each and every day.
Today. Don’t let your ego get in the way of your walk with Jesus.