"Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit."
Birth of Jesus
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly. 20 As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “ Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. ” 22 Now all of this took place so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet would be fulfilled:
( Emmanuel means “ God with us. ” )
24 When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he didn’t have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. Joseph called him Jesus.
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God made a covenant that we know as the Ten Commandments with the Israelites. Today these laws help us know how to love and worship God and help us know how to treat others with justice and kindness.
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
Children will learn that:
God gave the Israelites a set of laws, or rules, called the Ten Commandments that were to help them establish a new life, a new community;
God's rules are as important today as they were in Old Testament times;
Laws and rules are a part of everyday life and are intended to improve our lives and make us safe;
Following the Ten Commandments helps us make choices about things we say and do.
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