#9) Christmas card, part 2: infanticide

heroda few days ago, i mentioned that you will probably never see a baby-eating dragon on the front of a Christmas card. and yet, it’s right there in the pages of the Bible.

you know what else you won’t see on a card this year?

infanticide.

that is the killing of newborn infants.

and that’s exactly what happened at the first Christmas.

what an incredible story. here are the highlights:

there is a Roman appointed “king of the Jews” named Herod.
he heard of another king born in his realm.
the magi told him.
they wondered, “where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?”
this probably pissed Herod off. old kings don’t like it when new kings are born.
he was disturbed.
he told the magi to find this baby and let him know so he could go and worship.
but Herod never intended to worship the newborn king.
he intended to kill the newborn king.
God warned the magi to go home another way and avoid Herod.
and since Herod couldn’t kill the one baby boy
he would kill all the baby boys.
it became known as “the massacre of the innocents.”

it was also a massacre of the innocence.

and it revealed (again) the world’s need for a Savior.

and while you will most likely never see infanticide coming from Hallmark anytime soon…they do depict well that a Savior was indeed given.

a baby boy.
who survived death once.
to grow up and defeat it again.

6 things you shouldn’t say to a pregnant couple

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perhaps you have heard my wife and i are expecting our 6th child in early october. and we are thrilled.

this blog is all about value and public service. and since this is not our first rodeo, i thought i might offer you six things to avoid saying to us…or any couple expecting a child.

1. you know how that happens, right?
uh, yes. yes we do. but thank you for your implied willingness to share with us about the birds and the bees. you just happen to be 9 years and 6 babies too late.

2. do you guys want to be exactly like the duggars.
exactly like them…except with 13 less kids.

3. did i ever tell you about my friend’s labor that lasted 36 hours?
no, but please do. you have 36 seconds.

4. so, was it planned?
actually, it was. see, first i went out and bought some flowers. and then i made the bed with some satin sheets. i bought our favorite wine and then we…oh, is this getting uncomfortable for you? am i being inappropriate?

5. how many kids are you going for?
a million. do you think we’ll make it?

6. when is that baby going to pop out?
oh, believe me…there will be no popping. unless it’s my wife popping your nose.