Worship | Justice for the Youngest Ones; No Room in the Inn
Last updated 12/24/2019 at 2:03pm
First-century Palestine was not a child-friendly place. Matthew’s gospel paints a gloomy picture of the perils faced by Mary, Joseph, and the Babe.
A brutal and anxious king who called himself “Herod the Great” desperately clung to power. Deceit, arrogance, collusion with foreign powers and a penchant for building projects were all marks of his reign. He surrounded himself with yes-men and ruled by blunt and bombastic force.
The people were restless. Not only were the politics a mess, but the religious life of the community was marred by the corruption of the temple system. The f...