September 24 – Demonic Plot – Infanticide!

Read Matthew 2:1-18

Even though we are only a few days into our current devotional study, let’s do a quick review.  As a result of Satan’s influence, Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.  One of the many results of this “fall of man” is an incredible and destructive animosity between Satan and mankind.  Satan’s demonic plot is to steal, kill, and destroy men and women (Jn. 10:10).  Meanwhile, God’s divine plan is to rescue mankind from the evil one’s ploys through a son born to a Jewish girl.  Revelation 12 told us that Satan would attempt to destroy the Savior of Adam’s race.

His first recorded attempt to kill the Son of God is found in Matthew 2.  Perhaps because they were without the Old Testament prophetic promises of the coming of Jesus, God announced that coming to the magi in a manner they recognized – through the night sky.  And so they set out.  Where else would one find the King of the Jews but in the Jewish capitol city?

As they entered Jerusalem and asked about the new king’s location, however, their question created jealousy and fear.  Herod, the current king, felt threatened by the thought of another king.  Although he sent the magi off in the right direction, he intended to use them to discern the actual location and identity of this threat.  Whether he knew it or not, Herod had become a pawn in the hand of Satan.  He was one who would execute the demonic plot to destroy the Son of God.

But God’s divine plan was not to be thwarted.  In protection of the very One who was to give Satan his final death blow, God redirected the magi and caused Joseph, Mary, and the Christ-child to flee from danger.  As Herod heartlessly decreed an awful infanticide, the Son of God was safely on His way to Egypt.

God’s divine plan stands victorious over Satan’s demonic plot.  And even though Satan wishes to destroy and devour you, God provides you with the resources you need to win the battle (Eph. 6:10-20).

Steve Kern

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