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Have you ever been tricked? The people who love practical jokes are those pulling them on others. Most don’t want to be the victim of a prank. Even harmless tricks can embarrass us. Remember the wind-up hand buzzer? You placed it in your palm and shook hands with your unsuspecting victim. When their hand made contact, the device buzzed and fluttered in their hand, startling them. Some people get angry when another tricks them. I’m sure you know people like that as well.
The villain in the accounts of Jesus’ birth, King Herod, was tricked by the Magi. They were supposed to return and report Jesus’ location in Bethlehem. But they were warned and didn’t return. Matthew 2:16-18 says, ‘Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”’ (NIV)
Here again, we see the fulfillment of prophecy given over 500 years before the birth of Jesus. Today, praise God who knows all things before they happen.
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