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Lives Fully Lived

Luke 2:21-38

1. Jesus is the Present

2. God is always faithful

3. Finish well

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.

This is not one of our points, but we have to address this. Remember Prothrombin, the enzyme produced on the eight day and only on the eight day? The highest amount of this would be produced for the process of circumcision. Jesus was fully man and his family honored the Mosaic law of having their son be a part of this religious and cultural ritual.

POSB notes that - There were three legal ceremonies which Jesus underwent. (first was done locally, the latter two in the Temple)

1. There was the ceremony of circumcision

2.There was the ceremony of purification. This was a ceremony Mary had to go through. After the birth of a boy child a woman was considered unclean for forty days (eighty for a girl child). She could work around the home and engage in normal activities, but she could not take part in religious ceremonies. She was religiously, that is, ceremonially, unclean. After a woman's forty or eighty days were up, she was to make an offering in the temple (Leviticus 12:1-8).

3. There was the ceremony of dedication to the Lord (Luke 2:23; cp. Exodus 13:21215Leviticus 27:6Numbers 18:15-16). A male child was presented (dedicated) in the temple when the family was close to Jerusalem.

Angels gave names to John the Baptist and to Jesus via the man in both these stories. I find that different. Do you guys remember naming your kids? I remember naming and wondering. I remember that I did not find out the sex of the kids, we wanted to be surprised. I really appreciated that for me. What a day and age we live in, we get to find out before it comes. It’s like know what you are getting for Christmas, however you don’t care, because it’s a blessing anyways.

Jesus Presented in the Temple

22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

1. Jesus is the present. Jesus was the literally the Christmas present at this time. He’s is our everlasting Christmas present. Baby Dedications Jewish style. What a blessing.

Let’s really dive into this and realize that Jesus was the present and he is present in all the things needed to be the fulfillment to us.

Think with me about this. A sin offering for having a baby? No, that’s not what’s being said. Let’s read it together

Lev 12:3 On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.

Lev 12:4 ‘Then she shall remain in the blood of her purification for thirty-three days; she shall not touch any consecrated thing, nor enter the sanctuary until the days of her purification are completed.

Lev 12:6 ‘When the days of her purification are completed (7 + 33 days = 40 days), for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the doorway of the tent of meeting a one year old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering.

Lev 12:7 ‘Then he shall offer it before the LORD and make atonement for her, and she shall be cleansed from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, whether a male or a female.

Lev 12:8 ‘But if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, the one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’” (Lev 12:2468-note).

Don’t you find this fascinating that this was done in completeness? Could you imagine living like this now? Aren‘t we thankful for Jesus and what he did to fulfillthe law and give us grace? Ladies, could you imagine doing this every month? What discipline, what devotion to your convictions. If you think about it, it’s quite a beautiful thing to be so faithful. The bummer part of all this, is that something has to die all the time. I think if we actually could see an animal dying for us for our sin, maybe we would think more about the sin we commit. I know I would. This makes Jesus an even a bigger deal to me. Man, how he loves us.