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Matthew 2:14-18 (03.02.20)

The Tenth Day of Christmas
Matthew 2:14-18 NIV
So he [Joseph] 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.”

Jesus was not born into comfort but into struggle. As a toddler, he and his family became political refugees, asylum seekers in Egypt, fleeing in fear for their lives. Some say politics and religion shouldn’t mix, but Jesus is a political figure, challenging the status quo as he ushers in a new kingdom, God’s way of living, which both unsettles and brings hope.

Pray for those that know turmoil in their lives right now, knowing that Jesus stands with them. Pray for his peace and justice.

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