Matthew, Chapter 2

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Herod Commands the Massacre of Innocent Children

13And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. 16Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.” (Matthew 2:13-16)

King Herod understands that the wise men found the Messiah in Bethlehem, but hurried to leave Judea so as not to disclose his whereabouts. Envy takes hold of Herod’s soul and he decrees that all boys aged two years and younger in Bethlehem and its vicinity be killed. An angel of God instructs Joseph to flee to Egypt together with his family. Joseph takes action against the imminent threat and succeeds in saving his family. Even when reality is bleak, we must never give up. Rather, we must fight the forces of evil. Obstacles are a necessary step towards perfecting ourselves and restoring harmony to the world. The ability to face and overcome crises is a prerequisite for redemption to occur.

Agility is responding to enlightenment with effective action.