Children can follow along in Shine On page 172 and Spark 224.
"Out of Egypt I have called my son."
This story is one of the darker ones in the Bible. It is almost a second telling of the story in Exodus when Pharaoh feels threatened by the Hebrews and decides to kill all the young boys. In this story Herod feels threatened by the news of a new king, so he kills all the baby boys in Bethlehem. Being a smaller town back then, this probably was about 20-30 children. This seems so awful nowadays, and it really is! However, are things any different today? Recently fearful people have been killing each other in the US, let alone in different parts of the world. We single out a group that is different because of ethnicity and/or religious identity and are willing to kill. For centuries wealthy elite have used young men to fight their wars, and enslaved young children to work and make the world's goods. Simply put, this is not a new story.
Is Jesus a new story? If nothing else, he follows a deep stream in Judaism that started epically with Moses saving the Hebrews from Egypt. Moses and Jesus both saved the slaves from tangible oppression and depression. While Moses took the people away from Egypt to a new land, Jesus taught the people a new kingdom to live by. Jesus was not interested in overthrowing Rome with swords and shields. But he was very interested of stripping Rome and the Jewish elite of their power to dominate life. Even if the powerful had the swords, money, and religious authority, in the end they did not own life. They were no closer to God and righteousness and peace than anyone else. Thank goodness Herod failed to take the life of this child.
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.