Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bible Study in Mutual Correlation Theology

Today we are going to be reading Matthew 2:13-23. They call these verses the story of “The Massacre of the Innocents.”

Read Matthew 2:13-23

In this story we see King Herod getting very angry because the Wise Men have returned from seeing Jesus, the new king. Herod doesn’t want to lose his crown so in a jealous rage he orders to have the boys in Israel ages 0-2 killed. An angel comes to warn Joseph and tells him to leave Israel and hid in Egypt so Jesus will be kept alive. After Herod dies, an angel appears to Joseph again to tell him his family could return back to Israel. They returned to Israel but found out that Archelaus, Herod’s son, was the new ruler of Judea. They decided it would be best if they moved somewhere else in Israel to protect Jesus, so they moved to Nazareth.

Are any of you the best at something? How would you feel if someone new moved into your school who was better than you at that thing? I would be jealous. My feelings would be hurt. Now obviously that feeling of jealousy does not make it ok to hurt someone else, but do you feel what Herod felt? He was so mad that someone was coming in and going to be a king.

What do you all think about this story?

I have set up stations around the room that you all can choose from. There is a drawing station, a sand station, a journaling station, and a prayer station. You all should take this time to reflect on the meaning this story has for you.

Now that all of you are finished with your reflections, does anyone want to share?

Let’s close in prayer.
Dear God,
Thank you so much for being with us here now like you were back in the days of the story we read today. Thank you for always loving us and for allowing us to find you.

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