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Thursday, April 14 2016

Luke 2: The Birth And Childhood Of The Messiah

"And she brought forth her firstborn son ... And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him"

The land of Israel was under Roman occupation at the time of the Messiah's first coming (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea and Israel In History and Prophecy: Herod). By no coincidence, it will also be under "Holy Roman" occupation at the time of His second coming (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).

So it was then that a former Roman general, Octavian, then Rome's first imperial "Caesar" with the assumed name Augustus (to see what Caesar Augustus actually looked liked, from a sculpted portrait in his own time, see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), declared a tax census that provided for the fulfillment of the Messiah being born in Bethlehem (see Bethlehem In History And Prophecy).

Bethlehem

"2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:1-7 KJV)

The shepherds of Bethlehem were given to be the first witnesses of the Messiah's birth. The shepherds themselves were prophesied, by the Bethlehem shepherd who became King David, centuries earlier (see The Bethlehem Shepherds Prophecy). Although often incorrectly portrayed as such, the Magi, or "Wise men," did not arrive until months later due to the distance of their journey (see Why Did The Magi Come?).

"2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them." (Luke 2:8-20 KJV)

The royal Levitical priesthood was established long before by the LORD God - who was born as the Messiah (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour). The Messiah Himself, even as an infant, observed all that He, as the LORD God, commanded the Israelites to do (see The Messiah's Levitical Birth).

The Temple Presentation

"2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

2:22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 2:23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 2:24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 2:28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

2:29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 2:30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 2:31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

2:33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 2:35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

2:36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 2:38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. 2:39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." (Luke 2:21-40 KJV)

The only recorded event of the Messiah as He was growing up was the incident at the Temple when He stayed behind after the family group ("they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance") had begun their journey back to Nazareth after they observed Passover in Jerusalem. Ironically, some of those in the Temple who were so amazed at His teachings were among those who, less than 20 years later, had Him assassinated for teaching the same Truth (see The Night Of The Messiah And The Lynch Mob).

"2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

2:43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 2:44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 2:45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 2:46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 2:47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 2:48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? 2:50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man." (Luke 2:41-52 KJV)

Fact Finder: The verses above say that "they sought him among their kinsfolk." Who were His kinsfolk?
See The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth


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This Day In History, April 14

43 BC: The Battle of Forum Gallorum. Mark Antony (see also The Cleopatra Connection), while besieging one of Julius Caesar's assassins, Decimus Brutus, in Mutina (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), defeated the forces of the consul Pansa, but was then defeated by the army of the other consul, Hirtius.

69: Vitellius, commander of the Roman armies of the Rhine, defeated Emperor Otho in the Battle of Bedriacum. Vitellius then seized the throne of Emperor.

Titus 70: The Siege of Jerusalem. Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, encircled the Jewish city with four Roman legions (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and The Sieges Of Ariel - Past And Future).

193: Septimius Severus was proclaimed Emperor of Rome by the imperial army in Illyricum (in the Balkans).

1028: Henry (Heinrich) III, a son of Conrad, was chosen king of the Germans (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1205: The Battle of Adrianople was fought between the Bulgarians and the "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1471: Battle of Barnet. In the English Wars of The Roses, a momentous victory for the Yorkist king Edward IV over his Lancastrian opponents under the Earl of Warwick, the adherents of Henry VI. Warwick was killed and Edward IV resumed the throne.

1611: First known use of the word "telescope" (see also Parabolic Prophecies)

1828: Noah Webster obtained a copyright for the first edition of his dictionary.

1849: Hungary declared itself independent of Austria with Louis Kossuth as its leader.

1865: Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater in Washington. Lincoln died the next day and was succeeded by Andrew Johnson.

1871: Parliament passed a bill to create a uniform currency in Canada.

1894: The first public showing of Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures).

1912: The Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland. The collision tore a 91 meter (300 foot) gash in the hull during the British ocean liner's maiden voyage, to New York City. It sank the next day.

1931: In Spain, under pressure by Republican forces for his abdication, King Alfonso XIII left the country while refusing to abdicate; he never returned. General Francisco Franco later reinstated him as a Spanish citizen and restored his confiscated property, but he eventually abdicated his rights to his third son, Don Juan.

1945: The Imperial Palace in Tokyo was damaged by B-29 bombers.

1948: A flash of light was observed in the crater Plato on the moon (likely a large meteorite striking the surface).

1981: Completion of the first space shuttle flight, the Columbia.

1986: In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. military men, U.S. President Ronald Reagan ordered a bombing raid against Libya that killed 60 civilians.

1994: In one of numerous "friendly fire" incidents of the war, two U.S. warplanes shot down 2 U.S. Army helicopters, killing 26 servicemen.

2010: A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China killed 2,700 people.


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