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Daily Bible Reading (Monday, March 6th)

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Luke 2 (ESV)

The Birth of Jesus Christ

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.[c]

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[d]
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Jesus Presented at the Temple

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant[e] depart in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.[f] She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth

39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43 And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44 but supposing him to be in the group they went a day's journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 And when his parents[g] saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?”[h] 50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature[i] and in favor with God and man.

Footnotes

a. Luke 2:2 Or This was the registration before
b. Luke 2:5 That is, one legally pledged to be married
c. Luke 2:7 Or guest room
d. Luke 2:14 Some manuscripts peace, good will among men
e. Luke 2:29 Or bondservant
f. Luke 2:37 Or as a widow for eighty-four years
g. Luke 2:48 Greek they
h. Luke 2:49 Or about my Father's business
i. Luke 2:52 Or years

8 Comments

What I marveled at is that throughout history there have been man of humble birth who rose through the ranks to achieve historical fame and there were others who enjoyed a privileged social status whose actions caused some part of the world to change, but there has never been a man of such humble beginnings, who remained humble and homeless Matt 8:19-20 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” and changed the whole world. Such is the power of God.

Joseph and Mary marveled at what was said about Jesus (v.33). You might have thought that after all that they had already heard and seen that the words of an old man at the Temple would not have made them marvel. But they did. I trust that I will never hear so much about Jesus that I cease to marvel at the truth about who He is and what He came to do. I pray that I would live every day with a genuine sense of amazement that God would send His only Son into the world to save me.

Verse 40 says, "And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him."........... I ponder the fact that believers TOO have the favor of God upon them since Jesus' righteousness is imputed to us at the moment of our salvation!

So much to take in...pondering these things in my heart. Blessed be the Lord!

Verse 32 "a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel", and the short account of Anna's life, particularly verse 38, stayed with me. My prayer life is anemic, and I cannot recall my last fast. I pray the Lord's forgiveness, however, I am eager to speak of Him, awaiting His second coming...

I cannot imagine what it must have been like for the shepherds to have an entire host of angels appear to them in the middle of the night. That would be such a frightening and yet awesome experience. I also appreciate how God chose humble shepherds to be the first ones to hear of Jesus Christ's actual birth. What an honor and privilege! The story with Simeon and the Holy Spirit's promise, to allow him to see the Christ before death, is another testimony of God's enormous grace and generosity to one of His children. I like how in Simeon's praise to God, he mentions that both the Jews and the Gentiles will be brought "A light to bring revelation." Praise the Lord for bringing this light to me so that I could receive His gift of salvation!

19 "But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart." And again in 51b "...and his mother treasured up all these things in her heart." ~ I love this! And yet at the same time can't even begin to wrap my brain around it!
I also love Simeon's words; the promise he was given regarding Christ. "My eyes have seen salvation! My life can come to an end!" If you've never heard it, look up "Simeon's Song" by Michael Card.

No matter how many times I have read this chapter, it always elicits strong emotions in considering the greatness and glory of God, and His plan of Salvation!
V51- That our Lord, King, Creator, Sustainer, Judge, and Savior, would "submit" to Mary/Joseph, who, like all mankind were born dead in their trespasses and sin, is staggering to me, but it was His very obedience that was the "perfect obedience" that resulted in His perfect righteousness, the very righteousness I/we need "that we might become the righteous of God in Him". I pray daily to be blessed with such a submissive heart in all things to which His Word commands me to submit.

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