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Beware of the abuse of worship!

Rev Enoch Thompson | JANUARY 4, 2023 | MATTHEW 2:3-8

KEY VERSE: Matt 2:7-8 (NIV)

7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."

The announcement of the birth of a child born to be the ruler of the nation of Israel provoked intense jealousy in Herod and called into operation his skilful political elimination instincts (he was the sly fox as extra-biblical writings will show).

To cover his thirst for the blood of this new and superior king, Herod borrows the language that sounded the appropriate thing to say to the Wise Men who had travelled for some two years to come and seek and worship this Baby-King;

"Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him." (verse 8).

It is very easy to hide behind the cloak of a pretended follower of Christ in order to perpetrate our personal negative hidden political ambitions and agenda. We may speak the language of worship, but actually have a plan to defraud others, to make a name for ourselves or deceive people and to get them where we can take advantage of them. It is easy to say “go and worship him” when we mean “go and murder him.”

May we become true worshippers of the incomparable Jesus, and not become like those who by our lack of conformity to his Person and purposes, crucify again the Son of God.

Worship in spirit and in truth. Refuse to expose the Name of the Lord to shame.


Dear God, please help me to be authentic in my worship. Amen


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