Saturday, 8 January 2011

Luke 2

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.11 he is Christ the Lord

The fulfilment of so many prophecies.

v.17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

Thirty years later didn't anyone remember this?

Susan said...

v.40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

v.52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Luke has virtually said the same thing twice. He obviously thought this was important, I wonder why?

Susan said...

v.34-35 “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Simeon's prophesy to Mary. Interesting that Jesus will cause the thoughts of many hearts to be revealed.

Susan said...

v.21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
v.22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

I hadn’t noticed before that v.21 and v.22 refer to two different events.

(From Constable’s Commentary) “Under Mosaic Law, a woman became ritually unclean when she gave birth to a child (Lev. 12:2). The parents of a male child were to circumcise him on the eighth day after his birth (Lev. 12:3; cf. Gen. 17:12). The mother of a male offspring was unclean for 33 days following her son's circumcision (Lev. 12:4; cf. Lev. 12:5). On the fortieth day after her son's birth, the mother was to present a sin offering to the priest at the sanctuary to atone for her uncleanness (Lev. 12:6-7). Normally this offering was to be a lamb, but if the woman was poor she could bring two doves or two pigeons (Lev. 12:8). In the case of a first-born son, the parents were to present him to the Lord (Exod. 13:2, 12; Num. 18:16; cf. 1 Sam. 1:24-28).”

Susan said...

v.48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

I wonder how many people still say to Jesus - why have you treated us like this?

Jesus had a bigger purpose in mind than his parents happiness, comfort and concern.

Susan said...

v.46-47 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

Jesus was fully human yet at 12 had great understanding. We expect too little from our children.

Susan said...

v.25-26 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Simeon was waiting for the consolation of Israel, the Holy Spirit was upon him, the Spirit moved him, the Spirit told him, the Spirit prophesied through him. How amazing that Simeon was so in touch with God's Spirit. More so than the disciples were later on even though they had more reason for faith.