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      Make Room for Jesus!

      December 24, 2022 ()

      Bible Text: Luke 2:6-7, Matthew 2:1-7, Matthew 15:1-9 |

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      And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.[a]

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      Footnotes

      1. Luke 2:7 Or guest room

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      The Visit of the Wise Men

      Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose[b] and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

      “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
          are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
      for from you shall come a ruler
          who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

      Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.

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      Footnotes

      1. Matthew 2:1 Greek magi; also verses 716
      2. Matthew 2:2 Or in the east; also verse 9

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      Traditions and Commandments

      15 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,”[a] he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word[b] of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:

      “‘This people honors me with their lips,
          but their heart is far from me;
      in vain do they worship me,
          teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

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      Footnotes

      1. Matthew 15:5 Or is an offering
      2. Matthew 15:6 Some manuscripts law

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