16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: 18 “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”
I am hard pressed to think of anything that could break the Father heart of God more than this story. His precious Son, sent as a baby, to give his life for others is now faced with the cruel irony that others are losing their lives because of Him. Such unspeakable evil occurring at the very original of unspeakable grace. Why did God allow it? Matthew got it so right when he quoted Jeremiah 31:15 – how could anyone be comforted after such genocide.
While the question of why, as with so many atrocities that happen in our world, remains a mystery there is hope. Thirty odd years later, after this event in Matthew 2, death was dealt a fatal blow and God’s restoration had begun. Good will triumph over evil. What was lost will now be found. What was dead will be raised to life again.
Father, thank you that, through Jesus, you are restoring this broken world back to yourself. Help me remember that when all seems lost, I have hope in Jesus.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen