The Wise Guys- A Zany Look at Matthew Chapter 2

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Now some people from some place in the east, wherever that is, apparently thought that this Jesus kid being born was a big deal! I mean, they must be doing something right if they are called wise men. So much so that they went to the mighty King Herod to ask him about this "newborn king of the Jews"!

So the wise men saw the star as it rose. Now, I can't imagine a bunch of smart guys sitting at the stars all night. They need to be studying and getting their sleep! Will I be wise if I Sit and look up looking for stars all night? No! I have to work hard doing my homework to get smart and stuff!

The king was very troubled by this! I could imagine, since he was already the king. So the king called together all of the leading priests and religious law teachers to try to get some answers!

They knew that Jesus was supposed to be born in Bethlehem in Judea (because he was), so the king sent the wise men on their way to find Jesus, the Messiah.

So the star guided the wise guys to Bethlehem and to the exact house where baby Jesus was! Isn't that neat? I wish Google maps was that accurate.

And you know how it went, gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

But you see here, King Herod had a dirty little secret. God warned the wise men in a dream to go home by another route and not return to Herod, kinda like when you go to class by another route to avoid that guy or girl you don't like too much, except God told them to!

An Angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, again, and told him to flee to Egypt with baby Jesus and his mother. Why? Because King Herod didn't like this baby Jesus and was planning on killing him! And if there was and crazy king out to murder my child, I would flee with my family to another country too!

So Joseph and his family Of baby Jesus and Mary left for Egypt that very night! And oh, that Herod was so angry! He sent out soldiers to kill all of the boys who were two years old and under! How horrible! What a monster!

But then an angel came to Joseph again, and he told him to move with Jesus and Mary again back to the land of Israel. But that was ok because the people who were trying to kill the child are now dead at this point.

But King Herod's son Archelaus was the new ruler in Judea, so after being told in a dream again Joseph and his family went instead to the town called Nazareth. Those bossy dreams!

Phew! That's a lot of traveling and moving around! That wasn't easy back then. They didn't have mini vans or family sedans. They had to use camels and ride in carts and stuff. They couldn't stop at Seven Eleven to grab some gummy rings. At least baby Jesus is getting well traveled!


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