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A Daily Devotion for Tuesday, December 1


Matthew 2:1-12


verse 12: And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

We have another dream, in a pivotal part of the story of Jesus’ birth and infancy. The wise men, after seeing the Holy One, decide not to return to their country via Herod’s home, but to travel a different way entirely. They were warned in a dream. I wonder if they all had the same dream- did they argue about it in the morning? Was one of the Magi a “rules guy” who felt they should return to Herod? Was it shorter to go via Herod? Did they believe they were under Herod’s law and bound to do what he had asked? All of that doesn’t matter- they did what God instructed them to do. God’s message in that dream cut through all of the other conflicts they were needing to work out. They needed to protect Jesus from Herod, and so they did. May God’s direction be clear to me, just like His direction was clear to the Magi.


Lord, speak to me and allow me to hear and understand. Amen


Becky, transforming


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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
01 дек. 2020 г.

Matthew 2:1-12 Like so many stories in the Bible, this story of the Magi has more information left out than details explained. Who were these men? Were there three? Were they kings? Why did they stop and talk with Herod about what they were doing and what strange gifts for a baby. I’ve read some suppositions by Biblical Scholars, but most of these are just that—suppositions. I’ve decided that I just have to let my questions go and remember that part of what these readings do is make us think. Their visit, no matter who they actually were and what their gifts represent, proclaims the birth of this particular child as something really special. These strangers came from a distance se…


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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
01 дек. 2020 г.

I read the wrong scripture for today my weekly reading saids

Mark 2:1-12 . Will have to correct this.

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
01 дек. 2020 г.

Mark 2:1-12 Here again, we read about God’s love and forgiveness of sins as we carry out his commandment to love one another as our selves.. When a person is suffering from any illness, it's important that they feel truly cared about. What matters most is how people interact with the sick person. The paralytic’s four friends understood his sickness and disease and they swiftly moved into action, and they brought him to Jesus. They even carried him to the roof top and digging through it , they lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on . When Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, son your sins are forgiven. I am so proud of my church a…

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David
David
01 дек. 2020 г.

Matthew 2:3 - “When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him;”

All of Jerusalem was frightened. I have often wondered why the Jews (as a religion) did not except Jesus as the Messiah but the gentiles did and a new church was born. The Jews written word predicted Jesus’ birth right down to the location and yet they are still waiting for what we already have. We made the right choice.

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Barbara
Barbara
01 дек. 2020 г.

Matthew 2: 1-12


When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.


Imagine having the faith of the Magi. Kings looking for the King of the Jews, and they find a baby in a manger. The star led them to Jesus. But it was their faith that got them to follow that star. Our faith leads us to Jesus every day. Advent prepares us for the beginning of the story that we believe to be true and have great faith that it is. Like the Magi,…


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