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December 5, 2017

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Memory Verse of the Week

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but only those who do the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
(Matthew 7:21 ESV)

Matthew 2 (ESV)

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee.23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.

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  1. Matthew 2;9-11,16. Luke 2:1-20. Jesus was born in a manger. The shepherds came right away to see Him, however, the wise men didn’t come until He was about 2 years old. He was no longer in a manger but in a home.

  2. Notice all the times in this one chapter “an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream” to people? It reminds me of both Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17, as well as the entire book of Daniel, and the stories of Jacob, Joseph (Old Testament), and many, MANY others.

    Did you know millions of Muslims are being born again through encounters with Jesus in their dreams? (Google it!) This has been an exciting development for me, as someone with a special burden for Muslims after reading the Quran during my “seeking” years. Dreams are very important to Muslims, as they were to everyone in the Bible. Maybe it’s a cultural thing. Here in the West, we look at dreams so differently. We even dismiss them. Yet in Scripture, we see dreams were a very important communication tool used by God to speak to man.

    For an amazing example story, read Nabeel Qureshi’s written testimony at — scroll down to the section titled “Led by the Hand of God” if you don’t want to read the whole thing.

    Have you ever heard from God in your dreams? Be sure to sift them through the lens of Scripture (Acts 17:11), and “test the spirits to see whether they are from God”: 1 John 4:1-3. Very important!!

  3. Those of us who read through Micah last week will remember his prophecy that the birthplace of the Messiah would be Bethlehem. “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel” (Micah 5:2).

    Imagine waiting . . . watching . . . searching . . . not for a year or a decade . . . not even 100 years but hundreds of years for the Messiah to come in a little town of Bethlehem.

    How wise were these men who “saw his star when it rose” and came to worship Him (Matthew 2:2). Simply amazing!

    And how deceitful was Herod to pretend he wanted to worship Jesus but secretly plotted to kill him. How tragic (and prophetic) that Herod “sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem in all that region who were two years old and under” (Matthew 2:16) in an attempt to kill Jesus after he was “tricked” by the wise men.

    Matthew records the prophecy from Jeremiah 31:15,

    “A voice was heard in Ramah, 
weeping and loud lamentation, 
 Rachel weeping for her children; 
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

    I love that in spite of all the evil, God’s sovereign plan will not be (and can never be) thwarted. Jesus had a target on his back from birth but God had a plan from before the world began!

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