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Crush the Competition

Crush the Competition

Crush the Competition
December 10 & 11, 2016
Matthew 2:1-12
When a friend heard I was planning on teaching from Matthew 2 about Herod, he wondered how Herod could possibly be the basis for an edifying message. As a villain, Herod was as evil as they get. He was an evil tyrant, a total Creep (notice the capital C). He actually lived by the motto, “crush the competition.” Throughout his life he regularly took brazen steps to eliminate all rivals. Oddly, he sets one good example for us. He had one thing absolutely right; Herod grasped the implications of Christ’s birth. He knew that Jesus wouldn’t stay young. Babies grow up. From Herod’s perspective, the presence of a rival king meant competition for control. Herod [...]