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Lesson # Luke 2:22-24
Study Material - Luke 2:22-24
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.
22 And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, 'Every first-born male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord'), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, 'A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.'
Jesus was presented again in the temple 40 days later, when Mary had completed her purification process. The recovery process following birth. Both the child and the mother return to the temple for their ritual purification and the presenting of the child to God.
Christ was circumcised that we might be circumcised, but not with the knife and hand of man, but with the unseen circumcision of God, a circumcision made without hands Col. 2:11, in our spiritual salvation which we receive when we each of us believe in Christ. This is the representation of circumcision, which is our expression of faith in God. Likewise after the judgment of the Cross had been completed, and as Christ was purified and cleansed of the sins of the world, so we are purified by our expression of faith in Christ. Jesus with Mary complied with the ritual of purification as required by the Law of Moses to show and demonstrate their compliance with Gods plan and the purification principle taught by the ritual which they participated in.
Every first born son had a special writ, as it were, of protection. Since the Egyptians lost their first born at Passover and the Israelites were spared for their belief. So through the centuries the presenting of the first born son as an offering to God representing the offering that Jesus Christ was going to make when He offered Himself at the Cross. It is for God to give life and for God to take it at His choosing. Since all things belong to God. Though the priest raised up the child in the ritual, offering it the God, here we have the picture of Christ offering Himself to God. That was the purpose of the teaching of the purification from sin. God would then accept the offering based on the work of Christ on the Cross, which was represented by the sacrifice. Typically there was a fee for this ritual, Num. 18:16, because freedom from sin did not come without the payment of a price, which Christ made on the Cross with His life. But for the very poor there was no fee charged, because this was a gift from God, and not earned from the works of man. Further to note the poor status of Joseph and Mary, for they did not have the funds for the fee, yet they complied with the commands of God in accordance with the Law prescribed by Moses.
Lev. 12:6, Mary did not have the means for offering a lamb and dove for the burnt offering and the other for the sin offering, because she was poor. Instead she was allowed to bring two pigeons for her offering. Pigeons were plentiful and easy to catch, so even the poor could comply with the Law which was still in force and therefore had to be followed. The burnt offering represents the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and the work of God in our salvation. The sin offering represents the totally worthlessness of ourselves and the need for redemption by means of Christ's work on the Cross. Sin also represents our separation from God and the need for a mediator, Christ, to accomplish the means of reconciling us back to God.
Jesus not being born of sin as the rest of us have been, because he was born of the seed of the woman, not from the seed of man. Sin passes down from Adam through his seed and not through the seed of the woman. In some way God has cleansed the seed of the woman, the egg, from the contamination of the sin nature. However it becomes contaminated by mans seed when the sperm impregnates the egg and causes the pregnancy which each one of us came from. But Christ did not originate from this seed of man. This is why it is made very clear in the scriptures that the seed of the woman will stomp on the head of the serpent, Satan. Why the Christ child will be born of a virgin. Man was excluded in order to exclude the sin nature from Jesus. He was therefore born perfect and free of sin. But he was born while the Mosaic Law was in effect and therefore complied through the actions of Mary, in the rituals of the offerings. The burnt offering to represent His future trip to the Cross and His sacrifice thereon. And the second sin offering representing the reconciliation of man back to God and the restoration of fellowship.
Note also all of these events were taking place right under the nose of Herod. The Magi had not arrived yet, nor met with Herod. Most of the people were oblivious to the significance of Jesus. Even the priest was unaware. Though the scriptures had specified the date and place of Christ's birth, not many noticed. And of those who were knowledgeable of Jesus, not many listened to their testimonies of witness having seen and identified the Christ child.
Possibly in our current day not many pay much attention to Bible study. Either not knowing or perhaps not caring about the significance of the blessings waiting the person who advances to spiritual maturity. Through the generations and centuries, life has not really changed much as far as attitudes and the spiritual life. Certainly technology has changed the way we live from day to day, but people still have that one decision to make in their life with respect to salvation and that is made by believing in Christ. Then the next question in more of a series of questions which we face daily throughout our lives. And that question is what is our attitude toward Gods Word. A positive attitude will lead us to study daily and grow up spiritually and the insurance of those additional rewards promised in eternity, as well as blessings during our life here on earth. A negative attitude will lead us into the misery which the sin nature produces in our lives and the loss of those additional rewards of eternity, and the loss of blessings in our life here on earth.
God demands compliance to His process of spiritual growth. Jesus complied even though he was not a sinner nor did he have any defect of any kind. But he still complied with the plan of the Father. Likewise we must comply with Gods commands and not be like Cain who rejected God thus promoting himself rather than letting God do the promoting. We have an obligation to comply. And that obligation starts with our daily positive volition toward Gods Word, our remaining in fellowship so that our spiritual life can function, and our growing up spiritually to the point of spiritual maturity, thus accomplishing the victory which Paul spoke of.
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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