Today, at Emmaus Road Church, Pastor Beau Floyd preached on the theme that “The Battle and the Victory are God’s” out of Matthew 2:13-23. He divided the passage into three themes: (1) God Protects, (2) Spiritual Opposition, and (3) God Directs.
My questions related to the text . . .
Observation (questions for the head)
- Where did Joseph flee with his family?
- What is Herod desiring to do?
- How many times do we see warnings through dreams in chapters 1-2?
- Who was Herod’s son?
- After leaving Egypt, where did Joseph and his family resettle?
- Jesus was to be called what?
Interpretation (questions for the head and heart)
- Tonight in our world, how many Christians do you think might have to flee their homes in order to live?
- Verse 15 quotes what Old Testament passage? What is the context? What is the significance of this phrase?
- What was the heart issue for Herod? What did he treasure so much that he would kill for it?
- What is the Old Testament passage for Jeremiah in connection to verse 18? Who is Rachel?
- What characterized the rule of Archelaus?
- Where is Nazareth?
- Who are the prophets in verse 23? Where do you find what they mention in the Old Testament?
- What does the Nazarene church believe?
Application (questions for the heart and hands)
- God directed Joseph through dreams? How is God warning you this week? What is He telling you to do?
- Would you have the courage to go live in another state or another country if God told you to do so?
- Do you have a story of how God protected you?
- What comfort is there for a mother of a murdered child?
- What leaders are seeking to destroy the work of Jesus in 2017?
- How might you pray and aid other Christians who are fleeing persecution?
- How should we respond to the massacre of children today? Who is ultimately behind such atrocities?
- How have you seen God work out His precious design in the midst of the enemy’s rampage of destruction and death?
- Have you ever simply had to outlive your enemy?
- If you have an enemy, how are you responding presently?