And Yoseph also went up from Galil, out of the city of Natsareth to Yehudah, to the city of Dawid, which is called Beyth Lechem, because he was of the house and lineage of Dawid, to be registered with Miryam, who was engaged to him – being pregnant.
And it came to be, that while they were there, the days were filled for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first-born Son, and wrapped Him up, and laid Him down in a feeding trough, because there was no room for them in a lodging place.
And in the same country there were shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And look, a messenger of Yahweh stood before them, and the esteem of Yahweh shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
And the messenger said to them, “Do not be afraid, for look, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be to all people. Because there was born to you today in the city of Dawid a Saviour, who is Messiah, the Master. And this is the sign to you: You shall find a baby wrapped up, lying in a feeding trough.”
And suddenly there was with the messenger a crowd of the skyly host praising Elohiym and saying, “Esteem to Elohim in the highest, and on land peace among men with whom He is pleased!”
And it came to be, when the messengers had gone away from them into the sky, that the shepherds said to each other, “Indeed, let us go to Beyth Lechem and see this matter that has taken place, which the Master has made known to us.”
And they came in haste and found Miryam and Yoseph, and the baby lying in a feeding trough. And having seen, they made known the matter which was spoken to them concerning the child. And all those who heard marvelled at what the shepherds said to them. But Miryam kept all these matters, considering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, boasting and praising Elohiym for all they had heard and seen, as it was spoken to them.
And Yahushua having been born in Beyth Lechem of Yehudah in the days of Herodes the sovereign, see, Magi from the East came to Yerushalayim, saying, “Where is He who has been born Sovereign of the Yehudim? For we saw His star in the East and have come to do reverence to Him.”
And Herodes the sovereign, having heard, was troubled, and all Yerushalayim with him. And having gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. And they said to him, “In Beyth Lechem of Yehudah, for thus it has been written by the prophet, ‘But you, Beyth Lechem Ephrathah, you who are little among the clans of Yehudah, out of you shall come forth to Me the One to become Ruler in Yisra’el. And His comings forth are of old, from everlasting.’ (Micah 5:2)
Then Herodes, having called the Magi secretly, learned exactly from them what time the star appeared. And having sent them to Beyth Lechem, he said, “Go and search diligently for the Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, so that I too might go and do reverence to Him.”
And having heard the sovereign, they went. And see, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And coming into the house, they saw the Child with Miryam His mother, and fell down and did reverence to Him, and opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream that they should not return to Herodes, they departed for their own country by another way. And when they had left, see, a messenger of Yahweh appeared to Yoseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the Child and His mother, and flee to Mitsrayim, and remain there until I bring you word, for Herodes is about to seek the Child to destroy Him.”
And rising up, he took the Child and His mother by night and departed for Mitsrayim, and remained there until the death of Herodes, to fill what was spoken by Yahweh through the prophet, saying, “When Yisra’el was a child, I loved him, and out of Mitsrayim I called My son.” (Hoshea (Hosea) 11:1)
Then Herodes, having seen that he was fooled by the Magi, was greatly enraged, and he sent forth and slew all the male children in Beyth Lechem and in all its borders, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had exactly learnt from the Magi. Then was filled what was spoken by Yirmeyahu the prophet, saying, Thus said Yahweh, “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing, bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” (Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:15)
And when eight days were completed for Him to be circumcised, His Name was called Yahushua, the Name given by the messenger before He was conceived in the womb.
And Herodes having died, see, a messenger of Yahweh appeared in a dream to Yoseph in Mitsrayim, saying, “Arise, and take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Yisra’el, for those seeking the life of the Child are dead.”
And rising up, he took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Yisra’el. But hearing that Archelaos was reigning over Yehudah instead of his father Herodes, he was afraid to go there.
Being warned in a dream, he withdrew into the region of the Galil, and came and lived in a city called Natzeret; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets: “He will be called a Natzrim.”
The majority of this portion of The Good News Series occurs in Mattityahu (Matthew) 2:1-23 and Luços (Luke) 2:6-20. More spiritual gleanings to follow!