Matthew 2:13, “And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”
The name Herod means “heroic”, external or outward appearance and according to the Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names, it means, son of the skin or the flesh. I find it interesting that in this context, the very king who sought Christ to destroy him, is spiritually the same means that will seek to destroy Christ in us.
It’s having to be our own “hero” or even thinking someone else to be a hero that can be dangerous for us. There is only one who can save us! There is only one who can deliver us and only one who can make us free! His name is Jesus.
Romans 8:7 says, “[That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot.” The flesh is an enemy to God. I’m not talking about “flesh and blood” or our body. The flesh I am speaking of is our earthly, human nature and anything we do apart from God’s loving influence and will for our lives.
Herod was that kind of king. Ruling outside of God’s will.
Take heed, that the external or outward appearance should never be of more influence than Christ in you, the hope of glory! (Colossians 1:27) Greater is He who is in me than He who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)