B – A – B – E
See also: Hosea 11:1; Jer. 31:15; Rev. 12:13-14; Col 1:19-20; Heb. 2:17; 4:15
Beacon – v. 2, 13,16 The magi followed a trail of a star and a word. Thus the trail was lighted for others.
Anger – v. 16 Herod had a reputation for his anger. His wives and his citizens feared his anger. It angered Herod that he did not know where the child was at.
Berserk bedlam – vs. 3, 16 Herod was known for his wild outrages. He struck out at the child he feared.
Escape – v. 13-14 Think of all the what-if’s as it relates to the welfare of children. They all applied to the infant Jesus. He could have suffered from shaken baby syndrome, and he could have been killed by Herod’s decree. He was as vulnerable as the unborn who are carried into an abortion clinic by a heartless mother.
Exemplary story: When I was about ten or eleven my father handed me a coated wire basket. That was for egg collection for the summer. Not committed to the chore I gathered eggs rather carelessly. About the second day into the summer I was sternly warned not to come back with broken eggs. Like young children fresh eggs require a tender touch.