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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.
Herod Antipas was best known for being King of Galilee and Perea during the time he oversaw the executions of John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth. Pilot on the other hand was the Roman Governor of Judea who ordered Jesus’ execution. For whatever reason, these two men, even though they both served under the Roman Caesar, disliked each other greatly. Their mutual dislike of having to deal with Jesus forged their friendship.
The term “COBELLIGERENTS” is usually used to describe two countries that don’t walk the same road or share the same values but find unity around a common enemy. Here are two men in authority who are both Roman citizens and they really don’t like each other. In the midst of what could be called a perfect storm, they are both drawing together in real friendship over their shared animosity toward Jesus of Nazareth. Here was a man, Jesus, who claimed to be God. These men had no God but Caesar. Their “common enemy” led them to Crucify Jesus and brought them together as “COBELLIGERENTS.” The truth is … UNDERNEATH it all they still disliked each other. The only one who could have changed that was the “King of Kings,” who they killed.
This AM I’m reminded all of the alliances I forged in order to serve my own purposes before I met You. After I met You, all the UNDERNEATH stuff was healed! I can never thank You enough. Amen
Being a “co-belligerent has its drawbacks. As my grandmother use to say, “when you lie with a dog, you can get fleas”! The who & why of a relationship makes a difference, I.E. The Axis nations of WW@ had a common enemy and the rest of the world paid a severe price before they were defeated.
WHAT you value MAKES A DIFFERENCE! Our relationship with JESUS makes all the difference in this world!
I like the way you described these two characters of the Bible and the way you explain their relationship . I now understand that, when you let the devil use you as an instrument of destruction, how many deception is entered in that strategy.