From our vantage point, it seems that the Kings of the earth rule the world. And, when King Herod considers the coming messiah to be a threat to his empire, he acts out of fear and resorts to mass violence. Mary, Joseph, and their baby are in danger but, while the King “plans his way, the Lord directs his steps.” God’s intervention leads to a different outcome than Herod expects.
Once again, we can see that, in God’s economy, the valleys are lifted up and the mountains are brought low. Which are you: a mountain or a valley? A shepherd or a king?