Matthew 2:13-18 (NIV)
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.”14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”
- What are the consequences if Joseph doesn’t listen to God?
- Why is it important to appropriately weigh the risks in our lives?
- What happens when we think things are more dangerous than they are?
- What happens when we think things are less dangerous than they are?
- How does risk affect our fears?
- Do you evaluate the risks in your life accurately?
- Contrast how Joseph and Herod loved others. Do you think Joseph was able to discover joy in Jesus? Do you think Herod was able to discover joy in Jesus?
- Describe how Joseph may have discovered joy yet not necessarily been happy about everything related loving and caring for Jesus.