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Sympathy for the Devil - by Michael Phillips
Advent 2012 - Part 2 of 3
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Matthew 2:1-18
Dec 16, 2012 am - If you think the Bible is a warm and wholesome story book, you ought to read it. When you do, you'll find it's more like a trashy movie, full of sex and violence and crimes of every sort, from rape and incest to murder and genocide. On the list of its most appalling stories, the one we just read from Matthew's Gospel has got to be at or near the top. It starts off well, but soon takes a sinister turn. Wise men have come from the Far East to pay tribute to the newborn King of Israel. Where is He? They don't know themselves, so they turn to Herod the Great for help. He doesn't know either, so he refers the question to the scholars. Poring over the Scripture, they soon find what they're looking for, Micah 5:2-- But you, Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd my people Israel. The King has been born in Bethlehem, fifteen miles south of Jerusalem, and if the wise men hurry, they can worship the Lord this very night. But, before he sends them off on their happy errand, Herod asks a favor-- When you have found Him, bring back word to me that I may come and worship Him also. We know what Herod was ... More >>>

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