Day two of our POWERful Bible journaling through the book of Matthew. Yesterday I shared that idea that the theme of Matthew is the Kingdom of heaven. It continues in chapter two, only we see this Kingdom as a part of the very ordinary and daily life here on Earth. The King of this Kingdom is born in a tiny town, to nondescript parents. And although his parents welcomed Wise men bearing great gifts and his foster father received angelic visions…our baby King travels at night to avoid being killed, lives in exile to avoid being killed, and returns, not to the place of His birth, but a town that was “…ignoble and obscure, and despised by the Jews.” (The Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide )
You know one of the things I admire in Mary and Joseph? Their ready willingness. Once God’s will is revealed to them, they do it. Period. And in typing this out right now I think I may know one their secrets for the ready willingness, they were always listening for and to God. They knew Who He was so they knew Who and what they were listening for. They knew Who He was, so when He led them, they trusted Him. I want that ready willingness that comes from knowing and trusting.
And one more thing, Joseph, Mary and Jesus were, by all appearances, your ordinary run of the mill family. So much so that we are told in John 6 the Jews grumbled, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 2
P –Thank you Lord. There are some days I can see Your care and concern in the little details of my ordinary life. Until I forget. Please help me to be one that doesn’t forget.
O –(God) God sometimes informs on a “need to know” basis. Actually I think most of the time He does this, or it seems like it to me. He led the Wise men day by day, night by night with a star in the sky. He led Joseph in a series of dreams…as needed.
(Me) Reading this chapter, I wondered, “Am I a Herod?” Some of the words used to describe him: disturbed, troubled, anxious, furiously enraged (when things don’t go his way). He behaves opposite of the Wise men and the parents of Jesus who react with a peacefulness, even when they don’t fully know or understand what is going on.
W —vs 13…When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” vs 14…So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt,
E –Instead of behaving like a Herod, anxious and wondering about the future, I need to behave as the holy parent of Jesus and stay until God tells me what’s next. Anytime today I catch myself worrying about the future, I will stay. I hate to compare myself to a dog, but when I tell my dog to “stay” she sits still, or at least kind of still, and keeps her eyes on me, waiting for my next command…if she obeys. So I will mentally or even verbally tell myself “stay” and I will turn my eyes to God either interiorly or physically by looking at a lovely picture or holy card of Jesus.
R –Today Lord I will “stay.” I will be still and know that You are my God.
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