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Magi and Herod - Worship God in Sincerity (3 of 4)
Series: Christmas, Keep Your Eye on the Goal
INTRODUCTION: Cammi Jones runs an emergency veterinarian clinic in Jacksonville, Fl. A man brought in a dog that had been badly injured in an accident. Cammi examined the dog, which would need extensive surgery to survive. She informed the owner and gave him the estimate for how much it would cost. The owner told Cammi: "Look, just put the dog to sleep. He's really my wife's dog and I don't want to spend that kind of money to keep it alive." He left the dog with Cammi. After he left, Cammi decided to go ahead and do the life-saving surgery for no charge out of the goodness of her heart. She saved the dog's life and put in a call to the owner with the good news. There was a long pause over the telephone. Finally the man said, "We have a problem. You see I didn't have the courage to tell my wife that I told you to put him to sleep, so I told her the dog died in the accident." Cammi said, "WE don't have a problem. YOU have a problem."
I'm not telling you anything you don't know when I say that not everyone is genuine and authentic all the time. That's not only true in the world of marriage, money and veterinarians; that's true in the area of worship as well as we shall see in our scripture this morning.
Matthew 2:1-3 "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.' When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him."
When King Herod this he was disturbed and all Jerusalem was disturbed with him and for good reason. Herod had been declared king of the Jews by Rome some forty years previous to this. Insecure and paranoid, Herod had already executed one of his wives and two of his sons. Hearing of the birth of a potential rival Herod ...
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