Verse of the Day – Dec. 22, 2023

Verse of the Day – Dec. 22, 2023

December 22, 2023 – Friday 

Luke 2:21    NET 

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

Luke 2:21    NKJV 

21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. 

Comments 

I am using the verse above to introduce Jesus’ parents who were sure to follow the law. In Levitus 12:2-3 we find out why He was circumcised on the eighth day (NKJV), “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘If a woman has conceived, and borne a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her customary impurity she shall be unclean. 3 And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. Jesus was circumcised as all male Jewish children were.  

From there we come to the next three verses (NET), 22 Now when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary brought Jesus] up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male] will be set apart to the Lord”]), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is specified in the law of the Lord, a pair of doves or two young pigeons. There is a great argument about the word their in verse 22 as many have it as her purification.  No less than Calvin believed it applied to Mary and Jesus and would not apply to Joseph at all. However, the note to their in the NET tells us it is possible that Joseph shared in a need to be purified as he helped with the birth of Jesus.  

Beyond that point it is important that Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to Jerusalem. It was there in the temple courts they met Simeon (NKJV) 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 So he came by 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. And here is what he said (NET) and what the birth of Jesus was all about, 

29 “Now, according to your word, Sovereign Lord permit your servant to depart in peace.
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.” 

Simeon’s prophecy shows us that the light of Jesus is not only for the people of Israel but for Gentiles as well. In other words, for everyone, for the whole world. Or as we read in John 3:16-17 (NKJV), 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. His use of the word world includes Gentiles just as Simeon’s prophecy did.  

Bottom Line: Jesus and His parents fulfilled Jewish law, but as Simeon and John both make clear, Jesus came to provide salvation for Jew and Gentile alike. All the more reason to celebrate His birth.   

Prayer: Almighty God, Thank You for sending Your Son to bring salvation for everyone, both Jew and Gentile. And as Paul told us in Galatians 5:6 (NET), For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision carries any weight—the only thing that matters is faith working through love. Please help us to live out our faith letting it work through love. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

RileyD, nwJ    

Riley D. Driver – Pastor                       

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