One of the things I love about studying the Bible is that there are often deeper ways to understand familiar texts. While my first reaction may be fear, focusing on what God is doing brings freedom to follow–and joy.
God, may I use what I learn for the good. May I trust You without fear.
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” Matthew 2:2-6
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2 (NRSV)
Invitation To Pray:
What are you afraid of? If you chose to resist it by placing your trust in God, what might happen? What prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
King Herod with the chief priests and scribes as he responds to what he has learned from the Magi in the Life of the Virgin Window (1217-1220) located in the south choir ambulatory at the Chartres Cathedral in France. This scene is on the left of the seventh row from the bottom.
Other Posts in This Series:
Life of Mary (1): Mary’s Birth
Life of Mary (2) Mary’s First Bath
Life of Mary (3): Willing
Life of Mary (4): The Word
Life of Mary (5): Surprise!
Life of Mary (6): Wedding
Life of Mary (7): Yes
Life of Mary (8): Friendship
The Nativity: Animal Companions
Life of Mary (9): Announcement to the Shepherds
Life of Mary (10): The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple