When Was Jesus Born

When Was Jesus Born

RC Sproul wrote these words; That question comes up every year at Christmastime. In the first place, there’s no direct biblical commandment to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. There’s nothing in the Bible that would even indicate that Jesus was born on December 25. In fact, there’s much in The New Testament narratives that would indicate that it didn’t occur during that time of year. It just so happens that on the twenty-fifth of December in the Roman Empire there was a pagan holiday. That was linked to mystery religions; the pagans celebrated their festival on December 25. The Christians didn’t want to participate in that, and so they said, “While everybody else is celebrating this pagan thing, we’re going to have our own celebration. We’re going to celebrate the thing that’s most important in our lives, the incarnation of God, the birth of Jesus Christ. So this is going to be a time of joyous festivities, of celebration and worship of our God and King.”

I can’t think of anything more pleasing to Christ than the church celebrating his birthday every year. Keep in mind that the whole principle of annual festival and celebration is deeply rooted in ancient Jewish tradition. In the Old Testament; for example, there were times when God emphatically commanded the people to remember certain events with annual celebrations. While The New Testament doesn’t require that we celebrate Christmas every year, I certainly see nothing wrong with the church’s entering into this joyous time of celebrating the Incarnation, which is the dividing point of all human history. Originally, it was intended to honor, not Mithras or any of the other mystery religion cults, but the birth of our King.
Someone I knew did the math came up with date was in middle of September until middle of October known as the month of Tishri when Jesus was born. While other person thought it was in the third known as the month March or April. They both think they’re right, and believe they can support their claim in scriptures. So let us examine the scripture. The only account that gives a detail account is Luke 1; 8- 10. Now, it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. Note that He does not say that He enters the Holy of Holy. However, it he does say that he entered the temple of the Lord, to burn incense only priest in line Aaron performed this task nor does say what day when He entered the temple when performed this task.
To understand the important of burning incense you need to read Exodus 29-30 understand the duty of priest; in chapter 30 verses 7- 8;  Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. 8 When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations .
Matthew Hendry Commentary wrote; Now the father of John Baptist was a priest, a son of Aaron; his name Zacharias. No families in the world were ever so honoured of God as those of Aaron and David with one was made the covenant of priesthood, with the other that of royalty.
Aaron in John Baptist, and David in Christ, and then they were both extinguished and lost. Christ was  of David’s house, his forerunner of Aaron’s.
Even thou Zacharia and Elisabeth were not sinless, yet they were blameless; nobody could charge them with any open scandalous sin; they lived honestly and inoffensively.
This was not the high priest burning incense on the day of atonement, as some have fondly imagined it who have thought by that to find out the time of our Saviour’s birth; but it is plain that it was the burning of the daily incense at the altar of incense (v. Luke 1; 11 (And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.), which was in the temple not the Holy of Holy?
  The Jews say that one and the same priest burned not incense twice in all his days (there were such a multitude of them), at least never more than one week. It is very probable that this was upon the Sabbath day, because there was a multitude of people attending (v. 10), which ordinarily was not on a week day; and thus God usually puts honour upon his own day.
It is very probable that this was upon the Sabbath day, because there was a multitude of people attending  which ordinarily was not on a week day; and thus God usually puts honour upon his own day And then if Dr. Lightfoot reckon, with the help of the Jewish calendar, that this course of Abia fell on the seventeenth day of the third month, the month Sivan, answering to part of May and part of June, it is worth observing that the portions of the law and the prophets which were read this day in synagogues were very agreeable to that which was doing in the temple; namely, the law of the Nazarites.
Even thou Mathew Henry makes a compelling defense and like his reasoning; however, scripture really does not say which Sabbath He burns the incense. 

Believer Commentary wrote, Each shift was called on to serve at the temple in Jerusalem twice a year from Sabbath to Sabbath. There were so many priests at this time that the privilege of burning incense in the Holy Place came only once in a lifetime, if at all.
 Another verse is 
it states in 1:26,” In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel appeared before Mary not six of the Hebrew calendar Elul but  in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy 

My Mother once told me. The reason Moses or Jesus burial site was not revealed in the scripture is because we would’ve built a shrine around these sites and would be focus on these sites instead of the task at hand, the gospel. Maybe the reason the four gospel did not reveal the date of Jesus birth is perhaps they were more focus on why Jesus came, and instead distracted by His birth As Scripture states, “ The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”
The Old Testament support Jesus as the Messiah to Jews and the Gentles. Jesus said these words once,” “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Jesus said,” I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.”
The reason why He came into this world is to redeemed mankind from their sins. For Jesus, to be our sinless savour He needed to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. In which He did. He sacrifice himself on the cross for humankind sins. He willing took our sins and His Father wrath as the same time. To bridge the gap mankind and His Father.

 

Believer Commentary wrote, “One-third of all the people who have ever lived are living today. By the year 2000, one-half of all the people who have ever lived will be living then. As the population explodes, the task increases. But, the method is always the same—devoted disciples with unlimited love for Christ who counts no sacrifice too great for Him.”

 

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Jesus Birth Part Two

Luke 2; 8-20 

2:8  Shepherd; NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible wrote;” most people of status throughout the empire viewed shepherds as lowly and sometimes as rough, unclean, or even dangerously living out in the fields.  

 

NIV Study Notes wrote,” The flocks were reserved for temple sacrifice were they kept the sheep in the fields near Bethlehem throughout the year keeping watch. Against thieves and predatory animals.   The tasks of a Near Eastern shepherd were:  to watch for enemies trying to attack the sheep  to defend the sheep from attackers  to heal the wounded and sick sheep  to find and save lost or trapped sheep  to love them, sharing their lives and so earning their trust.

The Greek word is poimēn meaning a herdsman, especially a shepherd who protected the sheep. 

 

Passover and the story of the exodus have great significance for Christians also, as Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, including the symbolism of the Passover (Matthew 5:17). Jesus is our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7; Revelation 5:12). He was killed at Passover time, and the Last Supper was a Passover meal (Luke 22:7–8).

 

Luke 2:11 The angel  appeared to the shepherd first, and declared,   “Today a Savior who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.”

 Remember the shepherd were protecting the sheep from the thieves and predatory since they were used for sacrificing sin offering for the people. Later on Jesus would be  the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John; 1:29  and Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep.  John; 10:11 John MacArthur wrote,” This is a reference to Jesus’ substitutionary death for sinners on the cross. Cf. v. 15; 6:51; 11:50, 51; 17:19; 18:14.” Furthermore, he wrote,’ “This is one of only two places in the gospels where Christ is referred to as “Savior “—the other being John 4:42, where the men of Sychar confessed Him as “Savior of the world.” 

Reformed Bible Study wrote; The shepherd were “prevented them from keeping the ceremonial law. The sin offering was enacted from God as a payment for sins unintentionally or intentionally   founded in Leviticus 5 since all have sin the shepherd should being included. For example, the Jewish leader would not enter headquarters of  Pilate in fear defiling themselves while taking the Passover. The purpose of taking of Passover is that God set them free from the bondage slavery to the Egyptians. Where God told the Israelites to sacrifice a spotless lamb and mark their doorposts and lintels with its blood (Exodus 12:21–22). Then, when the Lord passed through the nation, He would “pass over ” the households that showed the blood post prevent household for being put to death by angel who pass throughout  the land

(V 12:23]  In a very real way, the blood of the lamb saved the Israelites from death, as it kept the destroyer from entering their homes. 

 Passover and the story of the exodus have great significance for Christians also, as Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, including the symbolism of the Passover (Matthew 5:17). Jesus is our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7; Revelation 5:12). He was killed at Passover time, and the Last Supper was a Passover meal (Luke 22:7–8).

In short, the Angel visited the shepherd to ensure them that they are part of salvation plan.  

Later on the Apostle Peter stated in Acts 10; 28 the following You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. Where the Bible stated in  Leviticus 19:34 You must regard the foreigner who lives with you as the native-born among you. You are to love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt; I am Yahweh your God.”  Jesus uttered these words,” But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd. Or go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, or you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Luke 2:11  Messiah the Lord; Messiah comes from the Hebrew word mashiach  and  Greek word is Christos or, in English, Christ, meaning the anointed one or chose one. The Free Dictionary defines it; the anticipated saviour of the Jews or a leader or savior of a particular group or cause.   The Old Testament, people were anointed for the positions of prophet, priest, and king. God told Elijah to anoint Elisha to succeed him as Israel’s prophet 1 Kings 19:16). Aaron was anointed as the first high priest of Israel (Leviticus 8:12.

But, the Old Testament predicted a coming Deliverer, chosen by God to redeem Israel Isaiah 42:1; 61:1–3. This Deliverer the Jews called the Messiah. Where Jesus Himself would declare in Luke 4:17–21; John 4:25–26 that he was Messiah. The Apostle Peter declared Jesus as the Messiah in Matthew 16:16. Jesus proved beyond shadow of doubt when He arose from the dead Acts 10:39–43

He accomplished this salvation through His death and resurrection (John 12:32; John 3:16).

Lord means “master”—but it is also the word used to translate the covenant name of God meaning LORD or YHWH. Here (and in most of its NT occurrences), it is used in the latter sense, as a title of deity. NKJV Bible wrote The word Lord was the title of a ruler. The meaning of the word is defined by Peter in Acts 2:30–36. Jesus is destined to sit and distribute salvation’s benefits from God’s side, ruling with the Father. Holman commentary wrote,” This title referred to the holy, unspeakable personal name of God himself. This baby in the manger was God He, with all power and all authorities under heaven would be redeemed mankind from it cursed. Believer Bible Commentary,” This Baby was a Savior who is Christ the Lord! Here, we have a theology in miniature. First, He is a Savior, which is expressed in His name, Jesus. Then, He is Christ, the Anointed of God, the Messiah of Israel. Finally, He is the Lord; God manifests in the flesh.

Believer Bible Commentary summary it up, “That very day, in nearby Bethlehem, a Baby had been born. This Baby was a Savior, which is Christ the Lord! Here, we have a theology in miniature. First, He is a Savior, which is expressed in His name, Jesus. Then, He is Christ, the Anointed of God, the Messiah of Israel. Finally, He is the Lord; God manifest in the flesh.”

 

 

2:14  Gloria in Excelsis Deo is Latin for “Glory to God in the highest” St Augustine’s, “Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” 

What is the chief and highest end of man? A. Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God [1] and fully to enjoy him forever. [2]

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%201:8 

 https:// www.biblegateway.com/passage/? search=Matthew%2028:19

https://www.biblehub.com/john/10-16.htm 

https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-Passover.html 

 http://scottwoodward.org/christmas_innsoftheNT.html https://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Lexicon.show/ID/G2646/kataluma.htm 

https://www.gotquestions.org/what-does-Messiah-mean.html https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Messiah 

 

http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/tozer/5f00.0888/5f00.0888.03.htm 

 

Jesus Birth Part One

Luke 2,1-7

NIV Study Notes wrote, Quirinius. This official appears to have been in office for two terms, first 6–4 BC and then AD 6–9. A census is associated with each term. This is the first; Ac 5:37 refers to the second. According to John MacArthur, he wrote following,” In light of Luke’s meticulous care as a historian, it would be unreasonable to charge him with such an obvious anachronism. Indeed, archeology has vindicated Luke. A fragment of stone discovered at Tivoli (near Rome) in A.D. 1,764 contains an inscription in honor of a Roman official who, it states, was twice governor of Syria and Phoenicia during the reign of Augustus. The name of the official is not on the fragment, but among his accomplishments are listed details that, as far as is known, can fit no one other than Quirinius.  

 Furthermore he wrote,” With regard to the dating of the census, some ancient records found in Egypt mention a worldwide census ordered in 8 B.C. That date is not without problems, either. It is generally thought by scholars that 6 B.C. is the earliest possible date for Christ’s birth. 

Halley’s Bible Handbook Notes wrote (The purpose of the census was taxation, as the kjv indicates.) Roman historical records place the census of Quirinius in a.d. 7, which was 10 to 13 years after Jesus was born. This historical discrepancy was for a long time troublesome to Bible students. But in recent years ancient papyri have been found that show that Quirinius was governor of Syria twice. Luke expressly says that this was the first census. It has also been discovered that people were indeed required to go to their ancestral homes for the census. Thus, the spade of the archaeologist goes on, confirming one by one and in detail the historical accuracy of biblical statements. The Amazing Providence of God The Messiah is to be of the family of David and is to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2–5). But, the chosen parents live in Nazareth, 100 miles from Bethlehem. A decree of Rome requires them to go to Bethlehem just as the child is about to be born. Thus, God makes the decree of a pagan empire the instrument for fulfilling His prophecies Micah 5:2 .

Bethlehem meaning house of bread because the area was a grain producing region five miles south of Jerusalem with rolling hills where sheep graze and king David was a shepherd

 

While trek had been very difficult on the account of mountainous terrain; however, they needed to  registered in Bethlehem where King David was born resulting from Jewish custom found in 2 Sam. 24). Both Joseph and Mary were from descendants of David and therefore went to their tribal home in Judea. 

2:5  it states” who was engaged to him and was pregnant In Matt. 1:25. Mary and Joseph were married but, they not intimate  until after the birth of Jesus where they where they consummated their marriage vows proving Joseph not the father Jesus; however, In 2:49  Jesus uttered these words “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house? Also, it states in Mat 1:16 the husband of Mary who gave birth to Jesus who is called the Messiah and Luke 3:23 thought to be the son of Joseph. Indicating Joseph was not his father but Holy Spirit planted the seed

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Luke 2; 7 Then she gave birth to her firstborn  Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough—because there was no room for them at the lodging place.

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible wrote,” Parents and midwives wrapped an infant’s limbs in long strips of cloth to help them to grow straight. They could be used until the infant’s limbs became firm or for as long as two months. manger. A feeding trough for domestic animals; people sometimes kept animals in caves by the house. Gentiles had a few stories of deities born in caves (though also stories of deities born elsewhere). Luke does not specify a cave as the place of the manger, but the tradition that Jesus was born in a cave is early, information apparently already circulating in Bethlehem by the early second century.” Reformation Study Bible wrote,” The birth of the baby is described simply. ” Swaddling cloths ” were strips of cloth used to wrap a baby. That the Child was put in a manger may mean that the birth was in a stable. There is a tradition that Jesus was born in a cave, which could have been used as a stable. Mangers were often outdoors, so it is possible that Jesus was born in the open air. Another possibility is that the place was the home of a poor family, where the animals would be under the same roof. 

There was nowhere for them in the inn. This may mean that the innkeeper did not want to have them there.

Dr Charles Stanley wrote,” Amazingly, God stepped into this world not as the reigning King with pomp and ceremony, but as the humble Child who was wrapped in simple swaddling clothes. Far from a royal crib, Jesus’ first resting place was a primitive feeding trough.

 

2:7 There was no room for them at the lodging place or there was no room for them in the inn. Likely because many were returning to this ancient town to register in the census order by Augustus. Or may mean that the innkeeper did not want them there resulting from her pregnancy. A typical inn small town during New Testament was one room guest house where the innkeeper would provide food and drink for the lodger. Where the traveling caravans, including the people, and their animals provided shelter for them where the animal would discharged their order. The Greek word is “kataluma meaning an inn, lodging place. 

 

The Story Of The Candy Cane

The Story Of The Candy Cane

 Every year when I went to my brother for Christmas I would give my niece and nephews a candy cane as a Christmas gifts. Here the story behind the Candy Cane;

A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would remind people of the true meaning of Christmas; so he made the candy cane to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and the firmness of the promises of God.

The candy maker then shaped his cane into the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to the earth as Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down to to reclaim the fallen lambs who, like sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

A candy cane. (perhaps enough for each child

To many people, the candy cane is a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time or just a piece of candy to be eaten and enjoyed. I hope that this year, every time you see a candy cane, you will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.

Scripture: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his stripes you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

 

Lord, we thank you that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who keeps us from harm. We thank you that because of his suffering and death on the cross, we have life everlasting. Help us to remember that we find the true meaning of Christmas in him.

 

 Zechariah’s Prophecy

 

Luke 1; 57- 79 

Zachariah was a high priest from the Abijah’s division, and was married to Elizabeth both were from the tribe of Aaron and he served as a High Priest . Both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord.They had a son name John in the latter part of their lives. While Elizabeth expecting John was he  unable to speak because did not believe the angel words while performing priestly in Herod Temple .

When Eliizbeth  gave birth to John on the eighth day they circumcise him, however, the people were going to call him Zachariah, after his father. But his mother responded, “No! He will be called John. They summon  Zachariah and he wrote the name John.  Immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue was set free, and he began to, praising God and pronounce a benediction, and filled with the Holy Spirit and began to prophesied concerning the future of the Messiah and his son John known as John Baptist. 

KJV Bible Commentary wrote, ” In fact, there are no less than sixteen direct quotations or allusions to the Old Testament contained  these few verses. Zachariah utters a remarkable prophecy which heralds the coming of the Messiah and His forerunner. It is in some ways The New Testament reiteration of the last chapter of the Old Testament.”

 To understand Zachariah you need to think like a High priest and understand the sacrificial system written in the Old Testament handed down by God written by Moses.  

  

1:69 provided redemption for His people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David,

 

Redemption for His people; Redemption means liberation, deliverance, release from a debt. The Greek word is  lutrósis; a feminine noun properly, the payment of the full ransom-price to free a slave. In short to purchase or redeemed mankind from the curse of sins. 

Dictionary of Bible Themes,” Jesus Christ redeems believers from all forms of sinful bondage and oppression through his death and resurrection. The price of that redemption, his own death, represents a ransom paid to secure the freedom of those held in bondage to sin.”

Matthew Henry wrote, He has wrought out redemption for them: He has redeemed his people. This was the errand which Christ came into the world, to redeem those that were sold for sin, and sold under sin; even God’s own people, his Israel, his son, his first-born, his free-born, need to be redeemed, and are undone if they be not. Christ redeems them by price out of the hands of God’s justice and redeems them by power out of the hands of Satan’s tyranny, as Israel out of Egypt.

1:69 Horn of Salvation; It means a mighty deliverer.  Eastern Bible Study defines as, The expression “horn of salvation,” applied to Christ, means a salvation of strength, or a strong Saviour triumph (xPs. 89:17, 24). To “lift up” the horn is to act proudly (Zech. 1:21). Horns are also the symbol of royal dignity and power (Jer. 48:25; Zech. 1:18; Dan. 8:24)

Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary wrote, “In Lk 1:69, Zac

hariah song praising Jesus’ coming birth uses keras to apply the Messiah’s “saving power ” referred to in Ps 18:2. ” Raising up the horn of salvation ” communicates a dramatic increase in power (cf. Deut 33:17). Several OT passages point to the coming of the Messiah by depicting the horn of David as exalted e.g., Ps 89:24; 132:17.” A symbol of power, victory, and salvation; e.g., Ps. 18:2; cf. Lk. 1:69  Barnes notes on the Bible, “So the Redeemer “may be ” called the “horn of salvation,” because those who flee to him are safe.” 

Believer bible Commentary wrote, “A horn was used to hold the oil for anointing kings; therefore it might mean here a King of salvation from the kingly line of David. Or it might be a symbol of power and thus mean “a powerful Savior.”’ 

John Calvin wrote,” He hath raised up the horn of salvation. That is, saving power: for, when the throne of David was cast down, and the people scattered, the hope of salvation had to all appearance perished. Zacharias alludes to the predictions of the prophets, which hold out that a sudden revival would take place, when the state of affairs should have become melancholy and desperate. This mode of expression is borrowed from the passage, “There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed,” (Ps. 132:17.) But if it is only in Christ thatc God has put forth his power to save us, we are not at liberty to depart from that method, if we desire to obtain salvation from God. Let it c very be also observed, that this horn brings salvation to believers, but terror to the ungodly, whom it scatters, or bruises and lays prostrate.

 

1:69 In the house of His servant David; Since both Zacharias and Elizabeth were Levites. The One raised up “In the house of…David” could not be John, but spoke of Someone greater than John.

In 2 Samuel 7:16  God told King David your throne will be established forever. Since the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 AD where all family records were kept. Christ’s Davidic reign will continue to reign through Christ found in Matthew1;1-16 and Luke 3;23-38 

Luke 1;70 just as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets in ancient times; When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit they spiritually died, and saw they naked were afraid, and sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Than the Lord put a curse on them; However, God address the snake first in Genesis 3:15  uttering the words, I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed, and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel. Than God slaughtered an animal made clothing out of skins for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them to cover their shame. A shadow of the reality that God would someday kill a substitute to redeem sinners.

 

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers wrote, “His holy prophets, which have been since the world began.–The words were probably more than a lofty paraphrase of the more usual language, “of old time,” “of ancient days,” and imply a reference to the great first Gospel, as it has been called, of Genesis 3:15, as well as to those made to Abraham who is the first person named as a prophet (Genesis 20:7).

 1:71 God had promised to deliver the Israelites from their enemies. In Luke, these enemies include both human and spiritual forces (4:16–30; 11:14–26).

John Calvin wrote Zachariah was well aware, that the principal war of the church of God is not with flesh and blood, but with Satan and all his armament, by which he labours to accomplish our everlasting ruin. Though the Church is also attacked by outward foes, and is delivered from them by Christ, yet, as the kingdom of Christ is spiritual, it is chiefly to Satan, the prince of this world, and all his legions, that the present discourse relates. For example  Job was attacked by Sabeans and Chaldeans ruin his life took everything from him; however, Satan and host were behind the attacks.

 

Matthew Hendry wrote Zacharias uttered a prophecy concerning the kingdom and salvation of the Messiah. The gospel brings light with it; in it the day dawns. In John the Baptist it began to break, and increased apace to the perfect day. The gospel is discovering; it shows that about which we were utterly in the dark; it is to give light to those that sit in darkness, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. It is reviving; it brings light to those that sit in the shadow of death, as condemned prisoners in the dungeon. It is directing; it is to guide our feet in the way of peace, into that way which will bring us to peace at last, Ro 3:17.   

 

Luke1:72–73; Zechariah cites three aspects of God’s redeeming work: “salvation” (v.71), “mercy” (v.72), and the remembrance of God’s holy covenant 

 

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible wrote  to our father Abraham. When God acted to redeem his people in the past, he did so in remembrance of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Ex 2:24). He had also promised to do so whenever Israel turned to him (Lev 26:42). This showed his grace (2Ki 13:23; 1Ch 16:16; Ps 105:9). Scripture often speaks of God’s oath to the patriarchs (see especially Ge 22:16 – 18). See Genesis 12:1–3; 13:14–17; 15:1–6; 22:15–18

 

The words “covenant” and “oath” form the central point of the song, emphasizing the importance of God’s covenant and his faithfulness to it. Not only does this serve as an important theme in Luke, but it also gives encouragement to us to trust the promises of God.

 

Luke 1:781:79 The Dawn from on high; The coming of the Messiah. Meaning, “Dawn from heaven will visit us.”  Providing the light of truth and forgiveness to those blinded by the darkness of their sins.

While the wicked will be devoured by the heat of His wrath, those who fear Him will feel His warmth with healing in His “rays” or “beams”. Is. 30:26; 60:1, 3.

Believer Bible Commentary wrote,”Christ’s coming is likened to the sunrise. For centuries, the world had lain in darkness. Now through the tender mercy of our God, dawn was about to break. It would come in the Person of Christ, shining on the Gentiles who were in darkness and the shadow of death, and guiding Israel’s feet into the way of peace (see Mal. 4:2).

 

 Zachariah would physical would not witness  or hear his son utter these words “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me. Nor  did his father physical see Jesus Christ  die on the cross; however, Zachariah did witness Jesus birth and his son birth  who is the forerunner of Christ foretold by the prophet Isaiah who said”: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight.” He physical saw the Savour of the world Jesus. The Adamic Covenant found in Genesis 3:16-19  will be fulfilled through 

Jesus Christ  where Satan head bruised  and Satan would bruise His heel. In short, Zachariah  physical saw prophecies about to be fulfilled fold told by the Old Testament prophets 

    

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+40%3A3&version=NIV 

https://www.gotquestions.org/Adamic-covenant.html 

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/adamic-covenant/ 

 

 Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

 

Remembrance Day

 

 

 

On November 11, is a day of remembrance for those brave men and women who fought courageous, sacrificing their lives, and many sacrifice their lives, for the sake of our freedom. The Poppy is a reminder of those brave men and women who love their country and willing to sacrifice their lives, so we can live in freedom . This quote came from The Poppy Campaign, “Every year, from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, The Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign. Canadians have donated money to support the services we provide and to clearly show their recognition of the debt owed to so many Canadians who gave their lives for our freedom.” 

Below is several pictures of our uncles who risk their lives, to rescue those who were oppressed by Nazi regime and were a threat to the world. Here’s a brief summary from novelette, Wherever You Go written by Martha Turkstra- Tigchelaar on  page 41, “These were days of great anxiety on the home front, for our parents and our church. Our concern was for boys as dad and mom lovingly called them. Needless to say, many prayers went up for each one of them.” Further on page 43,  “on May 4th and 5th, 1945 the Germans finally withdrew the troops. Uncle Wilfred travel throughout Holland. That was time of great rejoicing for our family in Holland, to actually hear, to touch and see a Turkstra clan in a Canadian uniform. Many Canadians have fallen in the battle to free Holland, and thousands lay buried there. This was truly amazing. Hedser Turkstra, a cousin, told Wilford that Dad’s debt to his family – incurred years earlier to make the move to Canada – was now settled because three of his sons had joined in the fight to free Holland.” When see see poppy remember the vets!! 

On my desk top is a Picture of several medics recusing wounded solders out of harm way. One of them is my uncle. 

 

Hebrew 12; 1; a; 12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,

Mary Mother Of Jesus

 Luke 1;31-45

 

Mary mother of Jesus was from the tribe of Judah, born in Nazareth  and in the line of king David she was engaged to Joseph they were both in the line King David. Joseph was in royal line King David found in Matthew 1; 2-16 and Mary family tree is found Luke 3; 23-38. As promise in 2 Samuel 7:12-13  Where the royal established  in King Solomon line where the royal   1 Chronicles 3:5–8 and 1 King 1:30,

 

She bore him four sons and several daughters, theirs names areJames, Joses, Judas and Simon, and the daughters were unnamed (Matthew 13:55, 56; Mark 6:3) She was relative of Elizabeth from the tribe of Aaron who married to Zachariah was a high priest, and the parent of John Baptist. Where the Angel of Gabriel appear before her  proclaiming that should she would have a son and that Holy Spirit will overshadow her and impregnate her . She only women who had a child without being intimate  with another man, and the child name is Jesus who came into the world to redeem mankind from the curse of sins.

 

While the Catholic doctrine believes in the Immaculate Conception; however, Mary was a godly young woman (Luke 1:28) but she not without sin. Since she herself refers to herself who needing a Savour in (Luke 1:47  

 

1:33  Since the second Temple was destroyed in 70 AD were all the family tree of the Jewish descendant were kept in great details and they were scattered throughout Europe and Asia, and  would have been impossible  to trace Judah line never mind David line found in 2 Samuel 7:12-13 especially King Solomon line where the royal line was established, in 1 Chronicles 3:5–8 and 1 King 1:30, Believer Commentary wrote,” It seems obvious that the Messianic line ended with the Lord Jesus. No one else can ever present a valid legal claim to the throne of David. 

 

 However, there is a record  found in  Luke 3; 23-38 and Matthew 1; 1-16  this was the line of King David Mary and Joseph was in king David line. Mary was found in Luke 3; 23-38 for example in Luke 3 (v. 23) was the father-in-law of Joseph and the father of Mary.also was descended from David through his son Nathan (v. 31 Solomon brother. Joseph  line found in Matthew 1; 1-16 where in Matthew 1:6 it states Solomon mother of Bathsheba. Where royal line was established as promise by King David found in 1 Chronicles 3:5–8 and 1 King 1:30. Since God promised King David that his line would reign forever found in 2 Samuel 7:12-13 However,Joseph was not Jesus’ true father since the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary found in Matthew 1:16 and Luke 3:23.   

Believer Commentary wrote, In Jeremiah 22:30 God pronounced a curse on this man: Thus says the LORD:” Write this man down as childless, A man who shall not prosper in his days; For none of his descendants shall prosper, Sitting on the throne of David, And ruling anymore in Judah. The nations of Jewish people were capture and were into exile into Babylon where they.cease ruling on the throne; however, the family tree continued on until Joseph

 “If Jesus had been the real son of Joseph, He could redeemed mankind from the of their sin.Since Joseph was also part of Adam curse where  Jesus could not be  the true lamb of God that would take away the sin of the world. As scriptures declares,” I was sinful when my mother conceived me. For I am conscious of my rebellion,and my sin is always before me. Yet, He had to be the legal son of Joseph in order to inherit the rights to the throne of David.

The problem was solved by the miracle of the virgin birth: Jesus was the legal heir to the throne through Joseph. He was the real Son of David through Mary. The curse on Jeconiah did not fall on Mary or her children since she did not descend from Jeconiah shall not prosper, “Yet He had to be the legal son of Joseph in order to inherit the rights to the throne of David.    

   When God had pronounced a curse on the snake found in Genesis 3:15, I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed, and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his {Jesus} heel. Since the seed had needed to be implanted by a man for woman to become pregnant the seed needed to be without defect hence. The Holy Spirit impregnated Mary with a seed.  

Also, the Son of God needed to experience every human tempting every difficult situation known to mankind yet without sinning.  As scripture declares, ” but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are yet he did not sin. In short, Jesus needed to be both God and mankind to conquered sin.  The genealogy nonetheless establishes Jesus claim to the throne of David as Joseph’s legal heir.

 Luke 1:38; While Mary said yes NIV Student Bible wrote,”Saying yes to God usually involves sacrifice. It did for Mary who endured the doubts of her fiancé and the scorn of neighbors who saw her pregnant before marriage. Saying yes meant bearing the pain of childbirth. It meant fleeing to far-off Egypt to protect her baby from Herod’s soldiers. It meant raising a child she did not completely understand. (Once during his ministry she came to take charge of Jesus, thinking him out of his mind [see Mark 3:21].) Hardest of all, it meant watching her son die on the cross. 

In Biblical times, no women could ever, get pregnant without having sex with a man  in Jewish cultures adultery was punishable by death by stoning under the Mosaic law. Deut. 22:23, 24.NIV Culture Background Bible Study wrote, “For a woman who was betrothed but not yet married to be pregnant violated social standards.”

When Holy Spirit impregnated Mary carrying a wonderful gift; however,  she would eventually would have to reported to her future husband Joseph that Holy Spirit impregnated  with a Son. While it was honour to be chosen by God to conceived the Holy One without sin. Even thou she was  telling the truth it would very difficult pitch this to her future husband

  The only logical conclusion Joseph could that Mary was pregnant by another man not by the Holy Spirit  in other words, that she had committed adultery under the Mosaic law. Deut. 22:23, 24. A common response would be been that Joseph would been very upset for “plowing her  heifer. As scripture declares “For jealousy enrages a hush and , and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not be appeased by anything or be persuaded by lavish gifts.”

The Gospel of Matthew explains that Jospeh was a “righteous man, yet unwilling to expose [Mary] to shame” so he decided to “divorce her quietly.” If he follow through it would bring great shame to Mary and her family; however, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be   afraid to   take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. While Joseph did honourable thing by honouring engagement. In Luke, 2:5 Mary still engaged to Josep and was pregnant with Jesus while travelling to Bethlehem.

The Jewish society frown upon permissive women often shun them Dr Charles Stanley wrote,” Jewish tradition demanded harsh treatment for unmarried pregnant women. Religious leaders would have dealt with her severely.

Luke 2:5 To be registered along with Mary who was engaged to him and was pregnant.

 In John, 8:41  The Jew’s leader also accused Jesus being  illegitimate child meaning. The Jews knew the story about Mary’s betrothal and that Joseph was not Jesus’ real father; thus, they implied that Jesus’ birth was illegitimate.  Often, Roman Solider would sleep with young women in local community promising great wealth or forces them to have sex Remember Mary was chosen by God and did not sex with another man  

in Luke 1:27 Mary was still a virgin and engaged with Joseph and admitted herself that never being intimate with a man. The angel Gabriel  uttered these words in Luke 1:28  Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you, and furthermore He stated in

 Luke 1:30, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. ” In short Mary had to bear the shame it   Mary was  willing to bear the disgrace Even thou she was carrying the greatest gift that God gave to mankind His Son Jesus Christ, and she agreed to these term wilily.  In Luke, 1:38  Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

 The people in her day view her with shame. However, those who sins had been redeemed by Christ view her as a blessed mother who bore the Savour of the world that redeemed mankind from Adams curses  

In short, Mary child would be the Savour of the World taking mankind sins. He’s known as the second Adam. As holy prophets in ancient times had predicted in Genesis 3:15, it about to be fulfilled foretold in the Old Testament by the prophets. He would remove Adam and Eve curse as promise by God  and sealed with a convent by killing an animal  Genesis 3:21  a fore shadow of the reality that God would someday kill a substitute to redeem sinners burden of sin . 

This child would be abolished the ceremonial law found in Leviticus 4-6,16  Since it was It be impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. He became the lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world replace the lamb found in Exodus 12; 13, Genesis 3; 21, and Genesis 22; 13 note the phase, ” took the ram, and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.” 

As scripture declares, “He entered the most holy place once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.” Bob Durtko said The Blood of Christ is most powerful force on the earth.” George Macleod wrote; I simply argue that the cross should be raised at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not  crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves. 

Lastly, Dr John Stott wrote about follower of Christ, “Who am I? What is myself? The answer is that I am Jekyll and Hyde a mix up kids, having both dignity because I was created had been re-created in the image of God, and depravity because I have fallen and rebellious nature. I am both noble, ignoble beautiful, ugly good, bad, upright, and twisted image and child of God yes sometimes yielding obsequious homage to the devil from whose clutches Christ has rescue me. My true self is what I am by creation which Christ came to redeem, by calling myself what I am I am by the fall, which Christ came destroy.”

 

P. P. Bliss wrote, “I will sing of my Redeemer and his wondrous love to me; on the cruel cross he suffered, from the curse to set 

me free. Sing, O sing of my Redeemer! With his blood, he purchased me; on the cross he sealed my pardon, paid the debt, and made me free.  I will tell the wondrous story, how my lost estate 

to save, ”  He was not only her child; he was her Lord and savour. To that, Mary said yes.

As a follower of Christ if Mary was willing bear the shame for accused of being a permissive women even thou she not commit adultery and  still was a virgin  found in 1:271:30 , 1:34. Lastly Angel Gabriel declares in 1:28 Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you. 

Are we willing bear the insults hardship and being called idiot for believing in Christ atoning works As Apostle Paul wrote,” Five times I received 39 lashes from Jews. Three times I was beaten with rods by the Romans. Once I was stoned by my enemies. Three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day in the open sea. On frequent journeys, I faced dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own people, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the open country, dangers on the sea, and dangers among false brothers; labor and hardship, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, cold, and lacking clothing. Further he wrote. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.

 

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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+1%3A20-21&version=NIV 

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Thomas Drowry 

Prior execution Bishop Hooper he examined a blind boy concerning his faith and the cause of his imprisonment. He looked on him steadfastly, tears standing in his eyes, and said, “Ah! Poor boy, God hath taken from thee thy outward sight, for what reason He best knoweth; but He hath endued thy soul with the eye of knowledge and faith. God gives thee grace continually to pray unto Him, that thou lose not that sight, for thou wouldst then be blind both in body and soul.” The boy’s name was Thomas Drowry.  He was blind; however, when one sense goes they the developed the other senses such as your hearing , and the ability to recall recite the exact words spoken to them.  

Thomas Drowry had such abilities while being examined Dr. Williams, Chancellor of Gloucester, He asks “Dost thou not believe that after the words of consecration, spoken by the priest, there remaineth the very real body of Christ in the sacrament of that altar?” “No,” answered the blind boy, “that I do not.” 

 Than the Bishop condemn as a heretic ask him who taught you this heresy?  You, Master Chancellor pointing toward pulpit ‘When you preached there ” (naming a day) “a sermon to all men, as well as me, upon the sacrament. You said the sacrament was to be received spiritually, by faith.

On May, 15th 1556 Thomas Drowry was taken to the stake in Gloucester. Place fasten to the pole and executioner lit fire went and consumed by the flames; however, the first person he saw was Jesus the Son of God. Entering through the Gates of Splendour and receiving the martyr crowns.

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Joan Waste.

Joan was born in 1534 and had twin brother named Roger to a Derby barber, William Waste and his wife Joan. She was born blind.

While Edward was upon the throne, the people of England had church services in their own language instead of Latin. 

Joan was moved by the Holy Spirit to go to hear the Bible readings and sermons. She was converted to Christ her Saviour. Who has found own poor lost blind sheep and gave her a new of saving faith along with spiritual insight.

Even thou she was blind she wanted a Bible even thou the books were very expensive. She able saves enough to purchase a New Testament by applying her trade knitting and making rope. Even thou it took her time or two find someone to read the Bible. Eventually, she found an elderly man in Derby Gaol called John Hurt who said he would gladly read to her everyday a chapter until illness finally rendered him from reading However, she able find someone else to even thou cost her every time someone read her the investment paying off.

Joan was able to recite long passages of Scripture, and refuted all false doctrines, and rebuked those sinned against the Bible, exhort those commit their lives to Christ or face Judgement   

In 1553, Queen Mary came to the throne and in January 1555 it was made illegal by Parliament to hold Protestant view were expected to attend Roman Catholic Masses. Nonetheless, Joan would not submit to heresy of the Roman Catholic dogma and believe that the Scriptures had the finial authority not the pope. She also denied the Sacrament of the Altar where the body and the blood of Christ transubstantiation, in the bread, and wine.  Immediately, the Bishop requested that Joan turn away from the faith of the Bible, and trust in the Holly Church.

 At this point, the Bishop and his Chancellor became angry. First, they tried to persuade her that the Son of God was easily and regularly brought down and changed into bread and wine but, when it was clear that she would not listen, they threatened her with imprisonment, torture, and death if she refused to believe in this “Sacrament of the Altar.”

Then, she reminded her hearers that a number of sincere Christians had recently been imprisoned and then burnt to death for believing the same things that she did rather than embrace the doctrines of Rome, boldly she went on,  “Are you prepared to die for your doctrine? If not, then for God’s sake stop troubling me no more. I am but a poor, blind, uneducated woman, but with God’s help I am ready to yield up my life in this faith.” 

On August 1st 1556, she taken to Windmill Pit were many of her brothers and sisters were martyred because their faith in Jesus Christ. Before her execution, she called upon the multitude to pray for her. That Christ would have mercy upon her. Where the light of the everlasting sun of righteousness would beamed upon her when the departed spirit.

  Excerpt From: John Foxe. “Fox’s Book of Martyrs  

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