Justice for Bethlehem’s Boys
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.”
- Matthew 2:16 – 18
If we are unable to live with the thought of God’s judgment because we don’t want it messing with our pleasant pictures of a loving God, then what we need to do is reflect on what Herod did to the boys in Bethlehem whose only crime was being born around the same time as Jesus. If we are reluctant to embrace a God who confronts sin with justice and wrath, ponder saying to the moms in Bethlehem, “Herod will never be held accountable. God will let him off the hook. There will never be justice for your boys who were ruthlessly run through with a Roman sword.”
When we summon these images to mind, we are brought face to face with a sobering reality: We don’t really want a world without the wrath of God. We actually long for judgment. A world where everything is tolerated and no one is held accountable isn’t heaven. It is hell.
So what causes hope to rise in our souls? Remembering and embracing the reality that one day Jesus will set things right. One day the world will be purged of its unrighteousness. One day the wicked will be held accountable. One day the Lord Jesus will punish iniquity. No one will get away with anything. Even the secret deeds of darkness will be consumed by the coming King.
A Moment to Reflect
Can you think of examples of injustice – large-scale or small scale? What might God be calling you to do this advent to bring justice to these situations?