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Because of

Online Bible Study

Max Lucado

Week Three - God Guides the Wise
Reminder: Watch this video the week of Dec 9 - Dec 15

In this week's session, we will look at the experience of the Magi, the storied Wise Men who traveled from the East, to find and worship the newborn King. Their journey was long, their hearts were earnest, and as a result of their seeking, their lives were never the same–all Because of Bethlehem.

Scripture of the Week

The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw
the star, they were filled with joy!

~ Matthew 2:9-10 (NLT)

Discussion / Journaling Question

Have you ever had something you became desperate for in your search to acquire or achieve it? If so, you have some understanding of what compelled those first–century Wise Men to leave their homes and make the arduous journey to Palestine. Most likely, they were not even certain what they would find, where their journey would end, or even who it was specifically they were seeking! Very often, God will lead us down hard, seemingly long and difficult paths, only to have us realize upon arrival at the destination, that He is there waiting for us.

Questions to ponder, journal, or discuss with others enjoying this study with you:

  1. What lessons can you learn from "the journey" that perhaps you are on currently?
  2. The Wise Men pursued their quest with total abandon, only stopping along the way to share with others their excitement. What attitudes are you displaying in the processes and paths God is taking you down to reveal Himself to you in a deeper way?
  3. Think about the symbolism of the three gifts the magi brought (gold, frankincense & myrrh). What lessons can you draw from each of these gifts and their significance?
  4. God gave the Wise Men a "sign", a bright star in the eastern sky. What has he used to draw you to himself? Has he used signs, testimonies of others, his Word, or other means?
  5. Recognize God's great desire for you, as born out of his inviting you to seek him. Allow this truth to wash over you and remind you of his great love for you!

Week Three Study

Watch: Session 3 video

Read: Because of Bethlehem Study Guide, pages 57-78

Suggested: Read this week's Blog

Optional: Because of Bethlehem (Book), Chapters 7-10 (pages 71-116)

Next Week

Session 4: Every Heart A Manger

Available Dec 16 - Dec 22

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