King Herod’s Reasons to Worship
Scripture Reading: John 4:21-26
Key Verses: Matthew 2:7-8
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 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.”
I guess it’s obvious that if there is a right way to worship. There exist wrong ways and wrong reasons to worship as well. King Herod, the ruler of the region of Bethlehem, said he wanted to worship Jesus. He told the Magi to continue their journey with his blessings. He told them to follow the star until they found Jesus, but then come back to him. His words to them were: “so that I too may go and worship Him.”
This week we are going to explore the many reasons for worship that are not pleasing to the Lord. There is a proper way to worship. There are proper and acceptable motives for worship. When we get it in our heads that it doesn’t matter how we worship, as long as we worship, we are heading down a dangerous path. Jesus told the Samaritan woman, described in our additional scripture reading, that our Father in heaven was seeking worshipers. But Jesus clarified that it was a certain kind of worshipper that He was seeking: One who worshipped in spirit and in truth.
King Herod is a classic example of one who was not going to worship in spirit and truth. His heart was evil and jealous of the attention this new King of the Jews was getting. His full intent was to kill off any rivals to his own rule. Jesus was a threat, not an object of worship. As we go through this week, keep your heart open to spot any motives in your own heart that don’t fit true worship.
Father, search my heart and see if there is anything that isn’t fitting for the King of kings and Lord of Lords! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.