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Matthew 2:1-12

2014-01-06 — Here’s a great little quote from Augustus Caesar: “Better to be Herod’s hog than his own son.”

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BIBLE PASSAGE — In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

— The Epiphany of Our Lord

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  1. Elaine Bessette — 3432 days ago #

    This is one of your best! Thanks!

  2. Larry Winebrenner — 3432 days ago #

    Yeah. Moses had this problem, too. Forty years wandering in the desert? Miriam would’ve asked for directions.

  3. Beth Wonderlin — 3431 days ago #

    This is Great! – thanks

  4. J.M.Wallace — 3426 days ago #

    Very good, AgnusDay ~ finger on the pulse.
    Well done to the two “sheeper-heroes”!

    J.M.Wallace, Republic of Ireland.

  5. K. Leburg — 1605 days ago #

    From 2013 – thanks for the smile! As mentioned previously, this was great!

  6. Bruce Klaiss — 1605 days ago #

    Well, they were —wise— men, after all; they knew when to admit they were lost….

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