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Lesson # Luke 2:15-20
Study Material - Luke 2:15-20
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
15 And it came about when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds began saying to one another, 'Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.' 16 And they came in haste and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. 17 And when they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.
The angels had completed their task and celebration. The shepherds fixed their attention on the angels and their message and song. Positive believers focus on information that comes down from heaven. Negative believers ignore this activity. The shepherds were positive and believed what they heard and saw. Where were the city folk? Where were the high priests? With all this action going on, filling the skies. They were in their beds asleep to reality and the events of history passing them by. Negative people are asleep spiritually and they miss all the important information which God provides by means of His Word.
The shepherds heard and understood. They immediately went to Bethlehem to find the Christ child. They came in 'haste'. They were so occupied with the good news they couldn't get there fast enough. This is the attitude of positive believers. Every time they get into Gods Word, they become captivated at the information revealed. Hearing it, seeing it, understanding it, soaking it in like a dry sponge, never filling up and longing for more. Negative people unfortunately yawn and move on to their loss.
The shepherds were not bothered by the circumstances of Joseph and Mary, being in the barn, with the Christ child in a manger. They interacted excitedly as to their experience with the angels, and most probably Joseph and Mary told their story as well. All this conversation would serve to strengthen the faith of all.
People should interact with each other from the common ground of doctrine. Not by imposing on others, but by mutual consent and interest. If you have a Bible class or study group as I know a lot of you do, then your interaction in taking turns in reading or speaking, expressing your thoughts should be encouraging to each other. This does not mean you tell of all your problems, no bragging, no poor me stories, no confessions that become a source of gossip for others. It should be well understood that we are all sinners and we all have our failures in life. That is a given. So do not focus on the negatives.
The child was not found in a palace. Not clothed in silks and expensive robes. His humble state did not indicate that he was anything other than the baby of a poor couple. Yet the shepherds believed the revelation they were given from heaven. They did not let their eyes make their decision for them. They relied on faith instead of logic.
The shepherds went back to their daily routine, and told all whom they met of the things they had encountered and people 'wondered' about what was said. But they did not go seeking about the child. There were no lines forming at the door of the barn. The hotels of Bethlehem did not compete to get Joseph and Mary and the child into their place of business for the publicity. The event simply passed quietly. The priests who certainly must have heard of the rumors did not check them out. It was not until the Magi came from a foreign land that this information came to the attention of the King, King Herod, and even then the counselors had to look up the scriptures to determine the details.
Mary treasured up all these events and the things she heard and saw. She grew in her spiritual life and was awed at the things that were happening in her life. Pondering Gods Word is one of the best tools one has for learning and reinforcing doctrine in ones life. Your faith grows as you learn doctrine, as you see the world around you and begin to realize the realities of life, and how far off base so many people are. Life is not who you know, or connections in business, or the social standing, or the color of your skin. These are superficial things that only fools make big deals of. Remember that God reminded Adam that he came from dust, so do not get too cocky about your standing or your perceived standing in this world relative to everyone else.
Memorizing verses, consistently studying your Bible, and otherwise thinking about the things you learn, will help you to grow up spiritually and stabilize your life. Living inside Gods sphere of power, which is living in fellowship with God, places your life in Gods hands and under His protection and blessing. It does not exempt you from responsibility in life. You still have to work and pay your bills, but God will direct your footsteps in life and will coordinate all the things the will affect your life, to your benefit.
We learn doctrine word by word, line by line, precept by precept. A little here, a little there. So we grow up spiritually, a little at a time, but in the long run your spiritual growth will accelerate and compound logarithmically in your favor. And no one in this world will probably know of your spiritual greatness, but God will, and He is the one who is most important.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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