“The scheme for the destruction of the Holy Child seemed shrewdly laid indeed. The wise men would not fail to report to the king that wanted to join in worshiping the Savior; the Savior would not escape when all the children under two years of age in Bethlehem and vicinity were slain. That was the wicked reasoning of the wicked king…
“All the planning and all the cruelty of Satan and Herod were unavailing. Their wicked will was baffled, and God’s good will was done.
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath and vex them in His sore displeasure. Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion.” Ps. 2:4-6.
From Loy, Matthias. “Hell Rages In Vain Against The Holy Child Jesus. Matt. 2:13-23. Sunday After New Year’s Day” in Sermons on the Gospels for the Sundays and Chief Festivals of the Church Year. Columbus, Ohio: Lutheran Book Concern, 1888. Available to you in print or ebook form: Sermons on the Gospels