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Study on The Gospel of Matthew - Advanced Bible Study Online — Lesson 3

Chapter 2: 13-23
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1. In verse 16, what "time" had Herod learned from the Magi?
(a) That his time of reign as king would end in two years
(b) How long ago the star had appeared to the Magi, from which Herod could detemine two years
(c) That it was his bedtime because Herod was often cranky if he did not get his sleep
2. A mass murder of boys under the age of two is appalling, but why might this not surprise people who knew Herod?
(a) Herod was so loved by everyone that every order he issued was followed regardless of its impact
(b) Herod had previously killed many people, including family, to protect his power and reign
3. How did God protect Joseph, Mary and Jesus from King Herod's intent to kill Jesus?
(a) God struck Herod dead with lightening
(b) Herod became sick with fever and died
(c) God told them to move to Egypt
4. What sacrifices did Joseph and family make in obeying God's directions for safety?
(a) They had to leave their Jewish homeland
(b) They likely left behind family and other friends
(c) They likely had to spend extra money on travel costs to and housing costs in Egypt
5. How had God provided in advance for the financial needs of Joseph and family moving to Egypt?
(a) God did not provide any unexpected resources
(b) God had enabled Joseph to make a lot of extra wood chairs, which he then sold for money
(c) In response to the star, the Magi had brought gold, incense, and myrrh: tradeable and valuable resources
6. God chose to protect Jesus and his family through ordinary means rather than a miracle (defined by Nelson 846: events that appear to violate natural laws but that reveal God).
(a) True
(b) False
7. Which statements describe Archelaus, mentioned in verse 22? (Nelson 561)
(a) His reign was from 4 B.C. to A.D. 6
(b) He was responsible for much bloodshed in Judea and Samaria
(c) He brutally crushed revolts lead by the Zealots
(d) Complaints by Antipas and Philip, along with a Jewish delegation to Rome, resulted in Archelaus being stripped of power and banished to Rome
(e) He was highly respected by the Jewish people
8. When did Joseph learn that Archelaus was reigning in Judea?
(a) While he was in Egypt
(b) When the Lord told him that Herod was dead and that his son Archelaus was ruler
(c) Only after going to the land of Israel
9. In verse 22, Joseph is warned in a dream and goes to live in Nazareth. Altogether, how many times did the Lord communicate to Joseph in a dream since Chapter 1?
(a) Once
(b) Three times
(c) Four times
10. The Lord communicated to Joseph via dreams about going to Eygpt and later returning to Israel. What DOESN'T the Lord tell Joseph?
(a) How to get there or what route to take
(b) What area or town within Egypt to live
(c) How they should make a living while in Egypt or what job he should get
(d) That a brutal son of Herod is in power in Judea
11. Life application: Obeying God often involves sacrificing something we value. What do you tend to value over obeying God? Why?
12. Life application: God sent Joseph and family to Egypt for their protection, instead of acting in some miraculous way. How do we sometimes prefer having God act in a miraculous way, rather than in a way that is inconvenient to us and may require us to put forth some hard work?
13. Life application: The Lord provided extra resources through the gifts of the Magi to Jesus, in advance of their need to move to Egypt. What do we usually do with the extra resources we sometimes receive in life, through things such as a better paying job, nice pay raise, bonus, inheritance, etc? How might we miss out on plans, opportunities, or protection from God if we always quickly spend the extra resources?
14. Life application: God gave Joseph broad, general direction without many details. What does that suggest about how God will likely give us direction? Why do we often want more detailed direction from God? What should we do when God only gives us general direction?
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