LIFe with God: April 2-3

Posted on April 2, 2011

Scripture

Matthew 2 (NET)

(1) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem (2) saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (3) When King Herod heard this he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. (4) After assembling all the chief priests and experts in the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. (5) “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they said, “for it is written this way by the prophet: (6) ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are in no way least among the rulers of Judah, for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ”

(7) Then Herod privately summoned the wise men and determined from them when the star had appeared. (8) He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find him, inform me so that I can go and worship him as well.” (9) After listening to the king they left, and once again the star they saw when it rose led them until it stopped above the place where the child was. (10) When they saw the star they shouted joyfully. (11) As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (12) After being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back by another route to their own country. (13) After they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to look for the child to kill him.” (14) Then he got up, took the child and his mother during the night, and went to Egypt. (15) He stayed there until Herod died. In this way what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled: “I called my Son out of Egypt.”

(16) When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became enraged. He sent men to kill all the children in Bethlehem and throughout the surrounding region from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men. (17) Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: (18) “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud wailing, Rachel weeping for her children, and she did not want to be comforted, because they were gone.”

(19) After Herod had died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt (20) saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” (21) So he got up and took the child and his mother and returned 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. After being warned in a dream, he went to the regions of Galilee. (23) He came to a town called Nazareth and lived there. Then what had been spoken by the prophets was fulfilled, that Jesus would be called a Nazarene.

Observation

Why did Herod want the wise men to report back to him? What was his true motive? How did God intervene?

Application

Do I trust God to lead me on the right path in spite of the motives of men?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father, Thank You for intervening with the wise men and with Joseph, protecting Jesus from the evil schemes of Herod. Always help me to remember that You are in control, and to be sensitive to the leading of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

SATURDAY

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin)
  • Jeannie Williams
  • Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)
  • Janeth & Moy

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Pray for outreaches & service projects

  • Creative strategies
  • Volunteers
  • Anointing of the Holy Spirit
  • Believers working together in unity
  • Provision of necessary resources
  • Salvation for people reached

SUNDAY

  • Franceine Anderson
  • Jenn Austring
  • Sher Brodoski

Missionary:

  • Lito Dictican, Port of Tacoma

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for the salvation of the lost & for seekers to find Jesus

  • Readiness to repent
  • Hearts prepared to hear God’s voice
  • A Deep dissatisfaction and unrest with life without Him
  • Godly influences

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all. – 1 Corinthians 12:7 (NET)

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