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A Tool In His Hand

By Don Loftis | 11.16.16

What do Caesar Augustus, Herod the Great, and Archelaus all have in common?  Briefly stated, they were all Roman rulers who wielded a great deal of power in the early years of the First Century.  However, in a broader scope, all of them were used to fulfill God’s prophetic words regarding Jesus Christ.


Augustus declared a taxation requiring all to register in their ancestral cities.  Such an edict led Joseph to travel 60 miles south with Mary, where she fulfilled Micah’s prophecy that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.  Herod’s threat against the children, forced the family to flee to Egypt.  Their return, according to Mt. 2:14, fulfilled the word of  the prophet who quoted God as saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”  After Herod’s death, his son, Archelaus, still posed a threat to Jesus, so Joseph took his family to Nazareth fulfilling another prophecy that the Messiah would be called a Nazarene (Mat. 2:23).


God can certainly use righteous rulers like Josiah or Hezekiah to bring about great reforms.  He can also use evil religious leaders like Saul to disperse the church in order to expand evangelism, and then call him to be a missionary for the same purpose.  Some of the worst rulers throughout history have merely opened doors for the kingdom of God to expand world wide.


We can have complete trust in our God; He does all things well.  Never fear the details!  Never doubt His power!  Never fail to see the opportunities!  Remember, it is not so much the caliber of the tool, but the creativity of the artist, that produces the masterpiece.



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