The General Overseer Redeem Christian Church of God Pastor E.A. Adeboye stated that no one is too young to know that life is a battle field. He further used the story of King Herod wanting to eliminate baby Jesus in order to secure his throne as a case study. King herod heard the three wise men who wanted to pay a courtesy visit to baby Jesus address the newly born as King of the Jew: and this prompted Herod to go in search of Him even when baby Jesus has done nothing wrong, yet the evil king tried to eliminate Him.
Additional insights emerge when these texts are read against their broader ancient Near Eastern background. In the royal propaganda of the ancient near East, royal figures frequently encounter predatory animals, and especially lions. And so it is no surprise to find the royal child depicted as a shepherd among lions. What is surprising, however, is the way in which the young shepherd interacts with them. In general, kings would be depicted fighting and killing lions, not leading them or living among them. 1e1e36bf2d