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On the fifteenth day of Christmas we hear of the thirteenth person of the Christmas story.
The thirteenth person of the Christmas story is Herod.
He is someone we don’t hear much about very often other than in the Christmas story.
I suppose there is a reason God allowed him to be a part of the story but I struggle with his decision making and his power.
Matthew 2:16
Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wisemen’s report 
of the stars first appearance. 
Herod’s brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: 
A cry was heard in Ramah —
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeps for her children,
refusing to be comforted,
for they are dead. (Jeremiah 31:15)
On the fifteenth day of Christmas we learn of a terrible decision maker Herod.
Who caused much anguish of heart and much turmoil in the country.
I cannot find words to convey my horror and sorrow.
There was a reason I guess, but I do not understand it.
I cannot even imagine this terror.
More to come tomorrow… on the sixteenth day of Christmas.