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BSF 7-Day Challenge: Day 7 — Returning to Israel: Matthew 2:19-23

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 2:19-23

An angel of the Lord appeared again to Joseph after Herod had died and told them to return to Israel. Archelaus, Herod’s son, followed Herod on the throne of Judea. Joseph was afraid to return. Joseph was warned in a dream so he went to Galilee to a town called Nazareth, fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus being called a Nazarene.

QUESTIONS FOR BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 7: RETURNING TO ISRAEL: MATTHEW 2:19-23

1 ) Archelaus, Herod’s son, followed Herod on the throne of Judea. Joseph was afraid to return. Consequently, Joseph was warned in a dream so he went to Galilee to a town called Nazareth, fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus being called a Nazarene.

2 ) The Bible foretold the King would come from Nazareth.

3 ) In truth, all of us come from unexpected places since no place is truly more significant than another. Anything good can come from anywhere.

4 ) In every way. God has always guided me and protected me throughout all of the events of my life.

CONCLUSIONS TO BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 7: RETURNING TO ISRAEL: MATTHEW 2:19-23

God draws us to Him one step at a time. The journey of our faith doesn’t happen by leaps and bounds; it’s in the little faithful doings when we say “Yes, Lord” when we grow until one day, we are His.

COMMENTARY TO BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 7: RETURNING TO ISRAEL: MATTHEW 2:19-23

God and Jesus’s glory will never be snuffed out. If you continue on God’s path, yours won’t either. Take his hand, and walk with him today!

Thank you for joining me in this 7-Day Challenge! I hope you feel very prepared to continue with our study of Matthew throughout this year and feel ready to grow with God as we follow Jesus’s growth! It is all about Him!

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BSF 7-Day Challenge: Day 6 — Escape to Egypt: Matthew 2:13-18

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 2:13-18

An angel of the Lord appears to Joseph and tells him to go to Egypt for Herod is searching for Jesus to kill him.  Mary, Joseph, and Jesus all fled in the middle of the night. They stayed there until Herod died. Herod had all of the boys in Bethlehem and the surrounding area under the age of 2 killed in an effort to kill Jesus. Hosea prophesied this.

QUESTIONS FOR BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 6: ESCAPE TO EGYPT: MATTHEW 2:13-18

1 ) The threat to his crown

2 ) God sends an angel of the Lord to protect Jesus and his family. Joseph obeyed immediately, fleeing in the middle of the night. When God calls, you answer. There is no room for hesitancy.

3 ) God’s people frequently flees to Egypt for protection, like during the famine. This is for protection and survival. Jesus will redeed us from sin like Moses did the ancient Israelites when he led them out of Egypt to the Promised Land. Hosea predicted this so this shows the legitimacy of the Bible.

4 ) Killing innocent children.

5 ) Proverbs 21:30 “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.” The insecurity of my future. Nothing happens without God and it being in his plan.

CONCLUSIONS TO BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 6: ESCAPE TO EGYPT: MATTHEW 2:13-18

I don’t remember this either. It amazes me to what lengths mankind will go to to try to circumvent God. They lose every time.

COMMENTARY TO BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 6: ESCAPE TO EGYPT: MATTHEW 2:13-18

Joseph, Mary, and Jesus fled 225 miles to Egypt. This was a long journey in ancient times, which shows again that God doesn’t usually take the easy way. In fact, God often uses ordinary means. Herod’s fear turns to murdering children. God weeps for them.

We should expect opposition to as we follow Jesus. Instead of lamenting it, use God’s strength to grow stronger in faith and overcome. Contact me with questions!

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BSF 7-Day Challenge: Day 5 — Magi Visit the King: Matthew 2:9-12

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 2:9-12

The Magi went on their way after talking to King Herod. They followed the star until they saw where it had stopped over the place where Jesus was. They saw Jesus with Mary and worshipped him. The Magi gave Jesus gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh. They did not report back to Herod (having been warned in a dream), so they returned home a different way.

QUESTIONS FOR BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 5: MAGI VISIT THE KING: MATTHEW 2:9-12

1 ) The Magi followed the star until they saw where it had stopped over the place where Jesus was. God wanted to make it clear who the real King was to them. God is gracious, indeed.

2 ) You should go to great lengths to worship Jesus and God. The Magis traveled very far on a long journey to see this King and give him gifts and worship. You and I, too, should go to great lengths to worship him, too.

3 ) Remembering all that Jesus did for me, all of my blessings, and praising him for those blessings and my life.

4 ) The Magi were warned in a dream to not go back to Herod. This ensured Herod would not find Jesus and kill him.

CONCLUSIONS TO BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 5: MAGI VISIT THE KING: MATTHEW 2:9-12

This is a great example of ignoring what your leaders tell you when it puts others in harm’s way. Also, this is a great example of going out of your way to worship the One, True King.

COMMENTARY TO BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 5: MAGI VISIT THE KING: MATTHEW 2:9-12

Note God’s control over the entire situation (every situation, in fact), as well as his control over Herod. He guides the Magi to the precise location of Jesus. They worship him with expensive gifts. God sends a dream (one of five dreams in Matthew 1-2) that will protect Jesus from the Enemy.

God is great and actively working in your life. Seek Him today!

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BSF 7-Day Challenge: Day 4 — Following the Star: Matthew 2:1-8

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SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 2:1-8

During the time of King Herod, Jesus was born. Magi came from the east to Jerusalem looking for the king of the Jews to worship him. King Herod heard about the birth of Jesus and was disturbed. He knew Jesus would be born in Judah in Bethlehem as Micah had foretold.

Herod found out from the Magi the exact time the star had appeared and then told them to report back to him where Jesus was so that he could worship him, too.

QUESTIONS FOR BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 4: FOLLOWING THE STAR: MATTHEW 2:1-8

1 ) The Magi heard that the king of the Jews was born and went to find him to worship him. King Herod was disturbed at the news of the birth of the Messiah and secretly planned to find out where Jesus was from the Magi.

2 ) Skepticism. Belief. Cherry-picking the parts that work and don’t work.

3 ) By sending challenges my way, as well as victories.

CONCLUSIONS TO BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 4: FOLLOWING THE STAR: MATTHEW 2:1-8

I don’t remember this part of Matthew’s account! How King Herod used the Magi to discover where Jesus was. King Herod was a weak man and a weak ruler. He was threatened by the birth of Jesus and probably harbored nefarious inklings towards Jesus. No one had a problem killing infants in ancient times. No doubt that was on Herod’s mind.

COMMENTARY TO BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 4: FOLLOWING THE STAR: MATTHEW 2:1-8

While there are many questions surrounding the Magi, such as who they were, were exactly did they come from, and why would they even care about the King of the Jews being born, Matthew focuses on the facts. Magi arrived from the east looking to worship the King of the Jews. They followed a star to find him (another question that Bible scholars cannot answer. What kind of star? And how did the Magi know to follow it?). Regardless, you have a foreign trip seeking to worship the One, True King. This shows God’s inclusion into His plan for the world.

Herod was one of many “Herods” in the Bible. They were the ruling dynasty that reigned over the Jews during the time of the Roman Empire. Obviously, he wanted to keep power, and the birth of a foretold king did not help the situation. He would do anything he could to snuff out Jesus’s life, including use the Magis.

Fun Fact: Matthew is the only one of the four Gospels that tell the tale of the Magi. This beloved part of the Christmas story holds more significance than just gifts — it shows how God always intended for Jesus to be for everyone. Contact me today!

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BSF 7-Day Challenge: Day 3 — God’s Plan for Mary: Luke 1:26-38

SUMMARY OF LUKE 1:26-38

Luke records how the angel of God reassured Mary, too. We are told that the angel, Gabriel, went to Nazareth in Galilee to a virgin named Mary. Gabriel told Mary that the Lord was with her and that she is highly favored. However, Mary was afraid, but the angel said that God has favored her and chosen her to bear His son to be named Jesus. He will inherit the throne of David and will reign over God’s people for eternity.

The Holy Spirit will come upon her. Her relative, Elizabeth, will have a child (John the Baptist) in her old age for nothing is impossible with God. “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered, and the angel left.

QUESTIONS FOR BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 3: GOD’S PLAN FOR MARY: LUKE 1:26-38

1 ) Gabriel told her that the Lord was with her and that she is highly favored. The angel said that God has favored her and chosen her to bear His son to be named Jesus. He will inherit the throne of David and will reign over God’s people for eternity. The Holy Spirit will come upon her. Her relative, Elizabeth, will have a child (John the Baptist) in her old age for nothing is impossible with God.

2 ) The Holy Spirit. Because it is God’s child, his Son, the Savior of the World.

3 ) “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be as you have said,” she told the angel Gabriel upon hearing she would bear God’s Son.

4 ) How I can see everything working in my life that He planned, not me. To impact my little corner of the world as He sees fit. Everything has come to this moment.

CONCLUSIONS TO BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 3: GOD’S PLAN FOR MARY: LUKE 1:26-38

I asked myself when reading Mary’s reply to the angel, “Is that how I respond to God when He calls?” I doubt it because I am usually the type that goes kicking and screaming to what God wants. In addition, I love how God reassures Mary that this is His will and she accepts without question. This is my prayer for you and for me.

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COMMENTARY TO BSF 7-DAY CHALLENGE DAY 3: GOD’S PLAN FOR MARY: LUKE 1:26-38

Curiously enough, no writer of the Old Testament ever mentioned the town of Nazareth. This tells you how insignificant it truly was. Until this moment when God chooses the human parents of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. They live in Nazareth. Here, we get the term “Jesus of Nazarth” plus the Nazarenes, or followers of Jesus.

One could say we are all favored, blessed, and have the Lord in the form of the Holy Spirit with us.

Mary’s mind turns to the practical when asking how she will have a baby when she has never had sex. Does this show a lack of faith? No. It simply is a question that most of us would ask. How will this happen?

“Overshadow” has the same meaning as cover with a cloud what God appeared in (Exodus 16:1019:924:1634:540:34) and when Jesus was transfigured (Matthew 17:5Mark 9:7Luke 9:34). The cloud is God or the Holy Spirit.

The example of Elizabeth strengthened Mary’s faith in the the angel’s words.

Mary will face scrutiny from man for her pregnancy. Yet, God’s words are stronger.

Fun Fact: Note in no other culture does a virgin birth occur.

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Resources for BSF Study of Matthew

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I am often asked about resources of the study of Matthew. Below, you’ll find some of my recommendations. Happy reading!

 

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When to Expect Postings for BSF Study of Matthew

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If you’ve been around a while, you know I usually post the lessons for the year’s study early. This is because many BSF groups in other countries that don’t celebrate Labor Day start a week earlier. I will be continuing this tradition again.

You can expect BSF postings to begin Sept 6th for the Study of Matthew with BSF Lesson 1, Day 1.

Every day this week, I’ll do an overview and some fun facts to get you all ready.

Can’t wait!

God bless!

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BSF Study of Matthew Printed Materials

I received my BSF Study of Matthew printed materials last week after having ordered in late May. However, BSF has updated their printing and shipping information, and now orders are shipping quickly.

If you are still interested in ordering your BSF’s Study of Matthew printed materials, click HERE

I have to admit, I’m super excited! I got the spiral-bound so I can flip easily, and it is very well done. I like how easy it will be to read, flip back to review old notes, and more. Plus, there is a whole blank page for taking notes during lecture — SUPER nice!

Who’s ready?

 

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Printed BSF Lessons for the Study of Matthew

With the move to many BSF classes being remote, the need for the printed word still exists. Last year (and this coming year), Bible Study Fellowship made available a free downloadable copy of all the year’s lessons. This will be forthcoming as well.

In the meantime, if you love having a printed copy of BSF’s lessons, BSF is now offering the purchase of the upcoming study of Matthew. If you order now, you’ll receive this by the end of June — plenty of time to get a head start if you wish as well as be prepared for the BSF study of Matthew that normally starts in the United States after Labor Day in September. There are no other notes available at this time for shipping estimates.

The cost is about $10 USD for the Matthew study, and BSF is only charging for the printing itself — they are making no profit from this.

If you are interested in ordering BSF’s study of Matthew printed material, CLICK HERE Texas sales tax will be applicable (where BSF’s headquarters are located), as well as shipping. Do note that shipping costs are via FedEx, doubling the cost of the book. My total order ended up being over $25, which I thought was a bit pricey. I am recommending to BSF for the future to please add the USPS shipping option, which is usually half the cost of FedEx.

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BSF Study 2021-2022

Bible Study Fellowship will be studying the book of Matthew in 2021-2022. We’ll explore how the prophets’ words will be fulfilled in the coming of Jesus and how God’s Son is the only way to Him. We’ll see how Jesus changed our lives and the world’s. We’ll also gain a deeper understanding of God Himself. And, hopefully, we’ll grow closer to Him, deepen our faith, and live how He wants us to live. God bless and looking forward to it!