Jesus Birth Part Five

Luke 2; 21-40 

Mary The Mother Of Our Lord

 

Mary the mother Of Our Lord was a young maiden who found favour with the Lord found in Luke1:31. Who gave birth to a son name Jesus or Yeshua or Joshua meaning the Lord is our salvation. Mary was righteous in God the sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord. She knew her Old Testament reciting it 12 times in the magnificat found Luke1; 46-55   and, was aware of the convent between God and her ancestor’s Abraham. God chose wisely when He picked Mary to be the mother of our Lord In Luke 2:22  when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses. 

NIV Studies Bible Notes wrote concerning purification. Following the birth of a son, the mother had to wait 40 days before going to the temple to offer a sacrifice for her purification. If she could not afford a lamb and a pigeon (or dove), then two pigeons (or doves) would be acceptable (see Lev 12:2–8 and notes; cf. Lev 5:11). NKJV Study Bible wrote,” Her purification refers to a ceremony in which a new mother of a son was declared ceremonially clean again (see Lev. 12:6). Reformation Study Bible wrote The need for purification arose from the mother’s being ceremonially unclean for seven days after the birth of a son. For another thirty-three days she was to keep away from holy things (these times were doubled for a daughter, Lev. 12:1–5).

Luke 2:23 Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord Believer Commentary wrote,” God had decreed that the firstborn sons belonged to Him; they were to form the priestly class (Ex. 13:2). 

John Calvin wrote,” This was another exercise of piety which was discharged by Joseph and Mary. The Lord commanded, that all the males should be dedicated to him, in remembrance of their deliverance; because, when the angel slew all the first-born of Egypt, Exodus. 12:29, he had spared the first-born of Israel. “On the day that I smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt, I hallowed unto me all the first-born in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the Lord,” (Num. 3:13.), That Luke so frequently repeats the statement, that Joseph and Mary did what was written in the law of the Lord. For these words teach us, that we must not, at our own suggestion, attempt anything in the worship of God, but must obediently follow what he requires in his Word.

Luke 2:24 stated in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. MacArthur Study Bible wrote Mary’s offering indicates that she and Joseph were poor (v. 24). To Jerusalem. A journey of about 6 mi. from Bethlehem. To present Him to the Lord. The dedication of the firstborn son was also required by Moses’ law (v. 23, cf. Ex. 13:2, 12–15). Like Zechariah and Elizabeth both, Mary and Joseph observed and kept the moral and ceremonial laws, and was declared righteous in God’s sight

 

 Simeon’s Prophetic Praise And Anna’s Testimony

 

Simeon was righteous and devout and was filled with the Holy Spirit found Luke 2:25; In Luke 2:26 the Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. In Luke 2:27 ;Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple complex. Where Joseph and Mary brought in the child named Jesus , where he blessed and praising God saying, Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, as You promised. For my eyes have seen Your salvation. 

 

2:25  Israel’s consolation meaning; a name for the Messiah in common use among the Jews, probably suggested by Isaiah 12:1; 49:13. The Greek word thus rendered (Luke 2:25, paraklesis) is kindred to that translated “Comforter” in John 14:16, etc., parakletos. 

https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/consolation-of-israel/ 

 

Luke 2:28–32  Nunc Dimittis is Latin Vulgate translation, meaning “You may now dismiss or Now you are letting depart.” , Also called the Song of Simeon, in The New Testament, a brief hymn of praise sung by the aged Simeon who had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. Vulgate Bible: Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum, in pace, “Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised.” 

 

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Nunc-Dimittis 

  

2:34  Indeed, this child; destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel  Believer Commentary wrote, “Those who were arrogant, unrepentant, and unbelieving would fall and be punished. Those who humbled themselves, repented of their sins, and received the Lord Jesus would rise and be blessed. 

Reformed Bible Study wrote,” If the “fall and rising” applies to one group, then it means they must be humbled in repentance before they can rise into salvation. If it describes two groups, then it indicates that those who reject Jesus will fall eternally, but those who accept Him will rise to be with God.”

King James Studies Bible Notes wrote,” Jesus’ coming will bring deliverance, but also division, and anguish. Both redemption and judgment are bound up in His advent.

In Acts, 2:37 they came under deep conviction and repented, confess and believed found in Acts 2:38  Where the Jewish leaders were enraged and wanted to kill them found in Acts 5; 33. One believed in Christ atoning worked and will inherit eternal life with Christ and those who reject Him will enter into a Christ less eternal  Believer Commentary wrote,” There was a special significance connected with the Person of Christ. His very presence on earth proved a tremendous rebuke to sin and unholiness, and thus brought out the bitter animosity of the human heart. There will be day Jesus will remove His Savour clothes and will be a judge or a warrior. There will be two types of people those who believe in Jesus inherit everlasting life in glory, and those who do not believe will be tossed into the lake of fire living in excruciating agony. 

My prayer that those who do not believe will accept the message of  the cross, and repent and seek forgiveness right now  on this side of glory. After they die, it would be too late !

 

2:35   a sword will pierce your own soul; many hearts may be revealed; NIV Studies Bible Notes; wrote; The word “too” indicates that Mary, as well as Jesus, would suffer deep anguish—the first reference in this Gospel to Christ’s suffering and death. John 19:25 the first reference in this Gospel to Christ’s suffering and death. Believer Commentary wrote,” Simeon was here predicting the grief which would flood Mary’s heart when she would witness the crucifixion of her Son (John 19:25) Since Mary Jesus mother she would feel the anguish when she witness Her Son dying on the cross and being rejected by His own people

Holdman Bible Commentary “Such response to a Son is difficult for a mother. Her heart would be pierced as if by a sword, broken apart because of the treatment her Son must suffer. God has provided a Savior, but salvation is not automatic. People must believe, trust, and embrace God’s Savior and his salvation. Gentiles will; many in Israel will not.”

 

 

Anna

Luke 2;36-38

 Anna was a devout and saintly woman, she spent all her time in fasting and prayer. She spent all her time there in the worship of God. At Christ’s presentation, she joined her praises with those of the aged Simeon to thank God for the long-awaited redemption through Messiah.

Anna or Hanna G483, the equivalent of Heb. Annâ , “Ògrace”Ó). Daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. Widowed after seven years of marriage, she became a prophetess. At the age of eighty-four, when the infant Jesus was brought into the temple to be dedicated, she recognized and proclaimed him as the Messiah Lk. 2:36-38 records that Anna was at the Temple during the presentation of the child Jesus: the long awaited Messiah. Anna publicly gave thanks to God and proclaimed good news about her Redeemer. 

The account of Anna and of Simeon in the same passage reveals the existence of people who were truly faithful to God’s covenant and were trusting him to fulfil his promises of sending a Saviour King.

Matthew Henry wrote,”Ó He is taken notice of by one Anna, or Ann, a prophetess, that one of each sex might bear witness to him in whom both men and women are invited to believe, that they may be saved.”Ó In Galatians 3:283:29   There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you is all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.

Orthodox Study Bible wrote, Both men and women are called to proclaim Christ’s redemption, and women are the first to proclaim His Resurrection (24:9). Where Mary mother of Jesus in 1:47 proclaim Jesus her Savior. Along with Elizabeth in  1:43  the  proclaim Mary child the mother of my Lord. All these women Proclaimed  Jesus as their Messiah or Christ who redeemed from theirs sins 

 

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Studied Bible wrote,”Ó redemption of Jerusalem. God had promised to bring redemption for his people (Isa 52:3; 62:12; Jer 31:11; Hos 13:14; Zec 10:8

 

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