Daily Archives: January 5, 2018
“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)
We are starting the new year off right by following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Magi Visit the Messiah
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
A Righteous Fear | Dyea Rowland
“He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.” (Proverbs 14:2 KJV) —
Jesus, born in Judea, in the days of Herod. This troubling Herod much, so much that he plotted the newborn King’s death. With much prideful fear, he committed mass genocide, taking no chances, to safeguard that his leadership be not in jeopardy.
Scheming, plotting, and executing…having such a fear that you’d do whatever to ensure that your plans prevail. No thank you! I’ve had that selfish and worrisome fear, the fear of missing out or someone getting ahead. I’ve planned, schemed, and plotted (as I’m sure many of us have). Living in a world where programming tells us we can have it all; life is cut throat if you want to get ahead — survival of the fittest. I like Your rules better, waiting patiently; waiting for Your doors to open, not to get ahead of You. I want this righteous fear, the knowing that You are in control and that Your way is best. I can have that because You came into this world, and You showed me that Your way is better. Grow the right kind of fear in me; don’t let my heart take over and attempt to lead.
Father, help me walk upright. Don’t let pride get in the way of relationships or my own desires. Jesus is King, the only King of my life. In His name…Amen.
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