This month's questions posed by Year 5:
Why did God choose Mary to be the mother of Jesus?
I think God has a plan for each one of us. It is up to us to choose to say yes to his plan or no.
God planned for Mary to carry Jesus and be his mother. She could have said no to this calling, but she didn’t. Mary is an example to us all about how to be faithful to God. I wonder what would have happened if she had said no??
Why did Mary and Joseph choose Jesus to be His name?
The Hebrew version of the name Jesus is Yeshua which means “to rescue” or “to save”. Jesus came to rescue/save us from sin. What does your name mean?
Why did God send an angel to the shepherds? What was his reasoning?
The Jews have many laws (613) to make sure they keep ritually clean. As shepherds working out on the land all day, they could keep up with these laws and so were often looked down upon by those who did keep the laws. They were not considered important in life. How wonderful that God chose to tell the shepherds (the lowly of society) that a new King had been born to the world.
Also, Jesus is often described as the good shepherd who looks after his sheep –– to help us understand that like a shepherd looks after his sheep, Jesus looks after us.
Were there only three wise men? Surely there must have been more?
The Gospel never mentions how many Kings there were – so there could have been more. We only assume there is three because of the 3 gifts mentioned (but there could have been other gifts given as well). The 3 gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
Tradition also names them as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, but again, this is not mentioned in the Bible.