Wise Men (and Women) Don’t Ignore the Obvious

For You From The Word

When Herod had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied.
(Matthew 2:4-5)

 For You To Think About

Wasn’t it obvious that the Messiah had come? Magi met with King Herod and told him about the star they had followed to lead them to the king of the Jews. To confirm that information, Herod asked religious leaders where their King was to be born – and they answered the same as the magi: Bethlehem. Just six miles away from King Herod’s palace in Jerusalem.

woman-in-shadowHerod ignored the obvious facts. He missed the opportunity for redemption. Instead, feeling threatened, he took brutal action and killed all male babies two years and under.

Likewise, the religious leaders ignored the obvious fulfillment of prophecies. They missed meeting the Messiah! What a loss.

As you consider the needs of pregnant women, let mistakes by Herod and the ancient Jewish leaders serve as a reminder.

Don’t ignore this important fact: women who face an unplanned pregnancy need a Friend. “If we are to encourage women not to have an abortion,” says Ruth B. Graham, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, “Then we need to be there for them.”

It’s clear: pregnant women need one-on-one support. Don’t ignore the obvious – or miss the opportunity.

For You To Pray

Merciful Father,
Pregnant women need a Friend. Don’t let me miss the opportunity to be one.

More about Wise Men

The Wise Men’s Royal Effort to Respect Life

The Magi’s Choice: An Open Heart

The Massacre of Innocents – Then and Now


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