Daily Bible Reading

January 7th, 2011

Matthew 2:16-23 (GNT)

Confess Jesus as Lord

Introduction

Matthew 2:16-23: An angel appears to Joseph in a dream telling him to take Jesus and Mary to Egypt. Joseph follows the angel’s commands just in time. Herod orders that all boys under two years of age living in Bethlehem and its neighborhood must be killed. Mothers around the region mourn. After Herod dies, an angel tells Joseph that the family can return, this time to Nazareth in Galilee.

Today's Scripture: Matthew 2:14, 15

Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and left during the night for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod died. This was done to make come true what the Lord had said through the prophet, “I called my Son out of Egypt.”

Today's Reading

15 where he stayed until Herod died. This was done to make come true what the Lord had said through the prophet, “I called my Son out of Egypt.” 16 When Herod realized that the visitors from the East had tricked him, he was furious. He gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its neighborhood who were two years old and younger—this was done in accordance with what he had learned from the visitors about the time when the star had appeared. 17 In this way what the prophet Jeremiah had said came true: 18 “A sound is heard in Ramah, the sound of bitter weeping. Rachel is crying for her children; she refuses to be comforted, for they are dead.” 19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go back to the land of Israel, because those who tried to kill the child are dead.” 21 So Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went back to Israel. 22 But when Joseph heard that Archelaus had succeeded his father Herod as king of Judea, he was afraid to go there. He was given more instructions in a dream, so he went to the province of Galilee 23 and made his home in a town named Nazareth. And so what the prophets had said came true: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

Reflect

Think of ways in which people mistreat others because they want to hold on to power. Have there been times when you have misused power? Have you ever been mistreated by someone who wanted to hold onto power? If so, describe the situation.

Pray

Great God, too many of your people suffer at the hands of those who are desperate for power. Bring justice to all people and may peace be established among the nations on the foundation of justice, righteousness and truth. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those suffering oppression and persecution

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