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Thursday, January 3 2019
A Bible Journey, 102: Why Was The Infant Messiah Taken To The Temple?
"When they had performed all things according to the Law of the LORD, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth"
The LORD God was and is Jesus Christ (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name; see also What Does God The Father Really Look Like?). The LORD established "Israel" as a family (see A Bible Journey, 32: Thy Name Shall Be Called No More Jacob, But Israel) and as a kingdom (see the entire series, beginning with Israel In History and Prophecy: Roots and Branches) for a prophetic Christian purpose (see also A Bible Journey, 99: It's Always Been Christian).
The LORD also created His Tabernacle (see A Bible Journey, 90: The Founding Of The Tabernacle) and the Levitical Priesthood (see A Bible Journey, 98: The Portrayal Of The Messiah) - both of which were prophetic of the Messiah and the salvation that He offers to those who obey Him (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
Everything was always entirely about Jesus Christ. Even the LORD's human birth was fulfilled within the Law that He gave to His human ancestors.
"12:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
When the Messiah was born, his parents did everything required according to the Law of the LORD, even "to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." There was no infant baptism (see Why Isn't Infant Baptism Valid?). His baptism would be fulfilled, according to the Word of God, when He was an adult, by John (see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets; also The Mothers Of The Two Greatest Prophets)
"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.
There were many witnesses to the infant Messiah's presentation at the Temple. Nearly all were unaware that it was the Messiah - except for "a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon."
"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,
Another devout believer of the LORD (keep in mind that there was no "Christianity" yet) who was able to recognize the Messiah was "Anna, a prophetess."
"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." (Luke 2:36-38 KJV)
So it was then, "when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord," that Joseph and Mary "returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth" (see also Hometowns: Bethlehem and Hometowns: Nazareth).
"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 2:36-40 KJV)
Fact Finder: What was the actual reason that the Messiah was born in a stable?
This Day In History, January 3
616: Aethelberht I, king of Kent 560-616, died. He issued the first code extant (i.e. a copy of which is still in existence) of Anglo-Saxon laws.
1322: Philip V of France died and was succeeded by his brother, Charles IV.
1496: Leonardo da Vinci tested his "flying machine" (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1521: Martin Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X for his opposing the Roman Catholic leadership of the time, not the core doctrines of the Church of Rome. Luther, and most "Protestant" churches ever since, have maintained most of Rome's false and erroneous anti-Biblical teachings (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1543: Portuguese explorer Juan Cabrillo died. He is regarded as "the conqueror of Central America" and "the discoverer of California."
1857: In France, Sebour, the Archbishop of Paris, was assassinated by a priest.
1919: The Soviet army seized Riga, the capital of Latvia, during the Baltic War of Liberation (1918-1920) in which Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania successfully defended their independence against attacks from both Russia and Germany.
1919: Emir Faisal I of Iraq signed an agreement with Jewish leader Chaim Weizmann for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in "Palestine" and an Arab nation in a large part of the Middle East. Both were later created by means of the British Mandate (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1924: Howard Carter, British Egyptologist, found the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor.
1925: Benito Mussolini declared himself to be the dictator of Italy (see also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1932: Martial law was declared in Honduras to stop a revolt by banana workers who had been fired by United Fruit Company.
1946: William Joyce, known as "Lord Haw Haw," who broadcast Nazi propaganda (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) to Britain during the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), was hanged for treason in London.
1956: Fire damaged the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
1961: U.S. President Eisenhower broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba, two years after communist forces led by Fidel Castro overthrew the Mafia and CIA-supported puppet regime of Fulgencio Batista (after which the people of Cuba went from being ruled by a fascist dictator to being ruled by a communist dictator).
Despite the political and economic embargo by the U.S., numerous efforts to overthrow and/or assassinate him, as well as being excommunicated by Pope John XXIII on January 3 1962 (exactly a year after Eisenhower broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba), Fidel Castro remained in power through the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. See also When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?
1967: Jack Ruby (actual name Jacob Rubenstein; the son of Polish-immigrant Jewish parents, he grew up in Chicago where, as a boy, he ran errands for the gangster Al Capone), who shot Lee Harvey Oswald before he could be tried for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died of cancer at age 56 while in prison.
1977: Apple Computer was incorporated.
1990: In Panama, "disobedient" President Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. invasion forces after spending 10 days under siege at the Vatican embassy.
2004: Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashed into the Red Sea. 148 people were killed, making it the deadliest aviation accident in Egyptian history.