Tag Archives: Herod

BibleWorkbench: Epiphany 1: January 9, 2011

Text: Matthew 2:1-12

And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

The Magi found their way to the child who has been born King of the Jews by means of a star; they paid homage to him and brought their treasure.  They followed the rising star, and it led them to two places – to Herod, and to the holy child.

In the story, a dream warned them of Herod, and they left for their own country by another road. They went home by another way.  Why?  Perhaps to avoid Herod?  Perhaps because they found they couldn’t go home they way they came?

What other ways have you taken as a result of an honored encounter?  What brushes with Herod have you had as a result of the road taken to follow a glimmer in the night?

What about the times you went back to Herod’s palace after seeing that small holy possibility?  When did you sense the danger?  When did you take another road?  What did that road look like?  What road are you now on?  Are you going back home?  To the palace?  Where?  What might “home” look like, once you have taken such a journey?

– Beth Harrison

Bible Workbench: First Sunday after Christmas- December 26, 2010

Text: Matthew 2:13-23

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” Matthew offers Herod’s massacre of children as a “fulfillment” of the “prophecy,” found in Jeremiah 31:15. Yet, this image of Rachel, the matriarch of Israel, weeping for her children seems less a prophecy than a description of the tragic state of the people of Israel in exile, as yet unredeemed. How many other times in the past and even today is Jeremiah’s description “fulfilled.” Where do you find mothers weeping for their children in the pages of the morning newspaper, on the TV, in your own day-to-day living? What kind of “fulfillment” might these mothers wish for, hope for, dream of?

– Andy Kille

This Sunday’s design invites you to consider some artistic renderings of the story of Jesus, Herod, the Slaying of the Innocents and the Flight into Egypt. Here are some links for your consideration: Continue reading