His Story

Episode 3: Jesus’ Childhood

Bring the Word

Read Luke 2:21-24, Leviticus 12:1-8

  • How many reasons for going to the temple are expressed here? What are they?
  • What would be the time frame that this is happening?
  • Why do you think they are offering birds and not a lamb?

Read Luke 2:25-35

  • How does Jesus fit the prophetic blessing given by Simeon in vs 34-35?
  • What feelings do you think Mary may have had about this blessing?

Read Matthew 2:1-23

  • Why would King Herod be disturbed at the news of Jesus’ birth?
  • Why would “all of Jerusalem” be disturbed with him?
  • How old do you think Jesus was at the time of the wisemen’s visit?
  • How do you view the wisemen’s/Magi’s status in society? Why?
  • How does that contrast the status of the shepherds?
  • What is significant about the contrast of the Magi and shepherds?

Bring it Home

Read Luke 2:41-52

  • Do you think Mary and Joseph were irresponsible or bad parents? Why or why not?
  • Does your opinion change if you think what happened was in God’s will?
  • What significance do you think there may be in the length of time Jesus was missing?
  • Would that add any significance to Jesus’ reply in v. 49? If so what? (It may be helpful to look at different translations).
  • Good or bad, how might your life be different if you focused only on “going about your Father’s business?” Is it possible to only focus on that?
  • How can we pray for you?

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