Matthew 2

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And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

– Matthew 2:8

Herod posed as a worshiper of Jesus for his own personal gain. He was pretentious and insincere in his approach to the Lord. Thankfully the sham wasn’t successful, but it does bring to light a challenging reality.

There are pretenders among God’s people. Individuals who feign devotion for personal gain. Ultimately, like Herod 2,000 years ago, such individuals will be dealt with justly. But they cause damage nonetheless.

Today’s Goal

Remember, “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way” (John 4:23).

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim