Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Advent reading: Friday, December 23, 2011

Matthew 2:1-11
The wise men follow the star to the baby. 

 

Now  after Jesus was born in  Bethlehem of Judea  in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men  from  the east came to Jerusalem,  2 saying, “Where is he who has been born  king of the Jews? For we saw  his star when it rose  and have come to  worship him.”  3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;  4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where  the Christ was to be born.  5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

6   “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler

who will  shepherd my people Israel.’”

7   Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.  8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”  9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.  10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures,  they offered him gifts,  gold and  frankincense and  myrrh.

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(Daily Advent readings adapted from those originally compiled at Parish Presbyterian Church, references listed at this website .)

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One Response to “Advent reading: Friday, December 23, 2011”

  1. Noel,

    Thank you so much for posting the Daily Advent readings.

    If you get a chance to stop by and leave a message or prayer for our newly adopted daughter, that would be so great! We officially became her parents on Thanksgiving Day!! Now we’re waiting for the embassy to clear us so we can go to Ethiopia and bring her home. I’m going to put all of the comments that are left for her in a special book.

    Her middle name is Piper (yes, after you and Pastor John). God used your adoption story to stir up our hearts to adopt, as well. Thank you!

    Merry Christmas!!

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