The Serpent Seeks the Son: Dec. 15
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet,“Out of Egypt I called my son.”Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:“A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:13-18
The slaughter of the children of Bethlehem was not a random act of violence in history. It was the inevitable response of evil to the arrival of the righteous Son of God. Psalm 2 declares that the kings of the earth gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed. And going further back God declared in Genesis 3 that the serpent would seek to bite the heel of the promised One.
Revelation 12 pictures Satan as a great dragon, waiting for the coming holy child to devour him. Herod did not care about the weeping mothers and grieving fathers of Bethlehem—he was under the control of the prince of the power of the air, the evil one, the serpent, whose only thought was for the killing of the Messiah. And the serpent would not cease looking for a way to destroy him, from temptations in the dessert, to a betrayal in the garden, until finally, the hammers fell and the cross was raised. But the serpent, for all of his raging fury and wicked cunning, would not slaughter the Son until the Son chose to die, until his appointed time had come.
And in the end, the wounding of God the Son would in itself be the death blow of the serpent. In the very act of bruising the Son of God, the serpent positioned himself for his ultimate destruction, and the great Son would crush his head. The serpent always sought the Son, but the Son will cast him into darkness forever. Glory to the Lord, the Serpent Crusher has come, and the pain and grief of the serpent’s evil rule has received its death blow.