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Thursday, December 17 - King Herod

Daily Scripture: Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time, some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn King of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,[b] and we have come to worship him.”3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” (Matthew 2:1-4)


Background: Everyone believed that the Messiah was going to come as a powerful and glorious king. Another king in Jerusalem meant that King Herod would have to fight for his power, and he did not want to have to do that. He called a meeting of all the people he believed should know exactly where the Messiah would be born so that he could have Jesus killed before he was able to grow up and become a threat. The wise men had come to find Jesus so they could worship him, but that was not Herod’s intention when he asked where the Messiah was supposed to be born.


Devotion: We all have expectations. Expectations are when we think that something or someone should be a certain way. We expect the sun to shine when we wake up. We expect ice cream to feel cold and taste sweet. We expect the leaves to change colors when fall comes. Sometimes having expectations is a good thing; it helps us make decisions. But when we have wrong expectations, it can lead us to have thoughts that God would not want us to have.


King Herod expected the messiah to grow up to be a powerful, military King that would take away all of his power. He expected the messiah to be a dangerous threat to Jerusalem. Because of these expectations, he planned to have Jesus killed before he could ever grow up. The wise men had other expectations. They knew that Jesus had come to save everyone and to show them a new way of life. Jesus came to bring them all closer to God. So the wise man planned to go and show Jesus their gratitude.


Mealtime Conversations: King Herod’s anger and hatred towards Jesus come from jealousy. Being jealous is something everyone feels at times, but it is important to recognize that jealousy is not a helpful emotion that does well. How can you work on not being jealous of others?


Advent Calendar Reflection: We need to tell God when we have done wrong and asking for forgiveness. Think of a time when you made a mistake and did the wrong thing, not think of what you would have done differently to do the right thing. Now, draw a picture of what doing the right thing looks like.


Advent in Action: Give your warm fuzzy away and tell the person you give it to the story of the King who received a warm fuzzy.


Activity: Warm Fuzzies




Jueves 17 de diciembre - Rey Herodes


Escritura diaria: Jesús nació en Belén de Judea, durante el reinado del rey

Herodes. Aproximadamente en ese momento, algunos sabios de tierras orientales llegaron a Jerusalén y preguntaron: 2 “¿Dónde está el recién nacido Rey de los judíos? Vimos su estrella mientras se elevaba, [ b ] y hemos venido a adorarlo ". 3 El rey Herodes se conmovió profundamente al escuchar esto, al igual que todos los habitantes de Jerusalén. 4 Convocó una reunión de los principales sacerdotes y maestros de la ley religiosa y preguntó: "¿Dónde se supone que nacerá el Mesías?" (Mateo 2: 1-4)


Trasfondo : Todos creían que el Mesías vendría como un rey poderoso y glorioso. Otro rey en Jerusalén quiso decir que el rey Herodes tendría que luchar por su poder, y no quería tener que hacerlo. Llamó a una reunión de todas las personas que creía que debían saber exactamente dónde nacería el Mesías para que pudiera matar a Jesús antes de que pudiera crecer y convertirse en una amenaza. Los magos habían venido a buscar a Jesús para poder adorarlo, pero esa no era la intención de Herodes cuando preguntó dónde se suponía que nacería el Mesías.


Devoción : Todos tenemos expectativas. Las expectativas son cuando pensamos que algo o alguien debería ser de cierta manera. Esperamos que brille el sol cuando nos

despertamos. Esperamos que el helado se sienta frío y tenga un sabor dulce. Esperamos que las hojas cambien de color cuando llegue el otoño. A veces, tener expectativas es algo bueno; nos ayuda a tomar decisiones. Pero cuando tenemos expectativas equivocadas, puede llevarnos a tener pensamientos que Dios no querría que tuviéramos.


El rey Herodes esperaba que el mesías se convirtiera en un rey poderoso y militar que le quitaría todo su poder. Esperaba que el mesías fuera una peligrosa amenaza para

Jerusalén. Debido a estas expectativas, planeaba matar a Jesús antes de que pudiera crecer. Los sabios tenían otras expectativas. Sabían que Jesús había venido a salvar a todos y a mostrarles una nueva forma de vida. Jesús vino para acercarlos a todos a Dios. Entonces el sabio planeó ir y mostrarle a Jesús su gratitud.


Conversaciones a la hora de comer : La ira y el odio del rey Herodes hacia Jesús provienen de los celos. Estar celoso es algo que todo el mundo siente a veces, pero es importante reconocer que los celos no son una emoción útil que funciona bien. ¿Cómo puedes trabajar para no tener celos de los demás?


Reflexión del Calendario de Adviento: Necesitamos decirle a Dios cuando hemos hecho algo malo y pedir perdón. Piense en un momento en el que cometió un error e hizo lo incorrecto, no piense en lo que habría hecho de manera diferente para hacer lo correcto. Ahora, haz un dibujo de cómo se ve hacer lo correcto.


Adviento en acción: Regala tu cálida pelusa y cuéntale a la persona que se la regalas la historia del Rey que recibió una cálida pelusa.


Actividad: Peluches cálidos


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