The text for this lesson is Matthew 2:13–15, 19–23; Luke 11:11–12; Ephesians 6:1–4; 1 Thessalonians 2:11–12.

Key Point

  • The heavenly Father used dutiful Joseph to deliver His Son from death at the hands of Herod to preserve Him for death in due time on the cross.
  • Law: Raising a family demands sacrifices of money, time, and freedom—sacrifices many men make in word only. Being a father is often a thankless job that is not highly honored in today’s world.
  • Gospel: Since the heavenly Father sacrificed His Son, we are able to make great personal sacrifices willingly, knowing we still have everything we truly need. God honors men highly by allowing them to raise His dear children in faith.

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Discussion Points

  1. Why did Joseph take his family to Egypt?
  2. God sent angels in at least three dreams to enable Joseph to protect the child Jesus. God also warned the Wise Men in a dream in Matthew 2:12 to return to their homes by a different route to keep Herod from finding Jesus. Why was it important to protect the child Jesus from death at this time?
  3. How is God’s control evident in the events of this lesson?
  4. How did God, our heavenly Father, also provide for us when He provided Joseph ways to keep his family safe?
  5. Read Luke 11:11–13; Matthew 10:29–31; 2 Corinthians 6:18; and 1 John 3:1. Discuss how God as our heavenly Father loves us and provides for us by claiming us as His children.
  6. Naaman was healed with simple water, directed by God’s Word. What does this remind us of today? What do we receive through Baptism?
  7. Read Ephesians 2:1–5, 10. Describe the change that takes place in us through Baptism. What effect does that change have on us? Read also 1 Peter 2:9–12. What examples can you give of Christians demonstrating these effects in their lives?
  8. How did God work through the humans in this story to fulfill His plan of salvation for all people?

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