This is Episode #297 and today we’ll read Luke chapters 2-3 together. From an early age, Jesus knew His calling and the need to be in His Father’s house.
Joy: You’re listening to Season 2 of the Lifting Her Voice podcast. This is Episode #297 and today we’ll read Luke chapters 2-3 together. From an early age, Jesus knew His calling and the need to be in His Father’s house.
Welcome to the Lifting Her Voice podcast, Season 2! I’m your host, Joy Miller, and I invite you to grab your Bible and join me – from the beginning – simply reading God’s word together. We built some spiritual muscles in 2020 with just the New Testament. But this year we’re going all out, cover-to-cover, Old Testament and New. So, whether with your first cup in the morning, your commute to work, or as the last thing on your mind before sleep, God’s Word will equip you for every good work. I’m really glad you’re here!
Luke Chapter 2
The Birth of Jesus
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.
Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
The Shepherds and the Angels
In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and peace on earth to people he favors!
When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the manger. After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had seen and heard, which were just as they had been told.
The Circumcision and Presentation of Jesus
When the eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus — the name given by the angel before he was conceived. And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were finished, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord) and to offer a sacrifice (according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons).
Simeon’s Prophetic Praise
There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him up in his arms, praised God, and said,
you can dismiss your servant in peace,
as you promised.
For my eyes have seen your salvation.
You have prepared it
in the presence of all peoples —
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and glory to your people Israel.
His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and told his mother Mary, “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed — and a sword will pierce your own soul — that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and was a widow for eighty-four years. She did not leave the temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
The Family’s Return to Nazareth
When they had completed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on him.
In His Father’s House
Every year his parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. When he was twelve years old, they went up according to the custom of the festival. After those days were over, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming he was in the traveling party, they went a day’s journey. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.
After three days, they found him in the temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all those who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked them. “Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them.
In Favor with God and with People
Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people.
Luke Chapter 3
The Messiah’s Herald
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, God’s word came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the vicinity of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way for the Lord;
make his paths straight!
Every valley will be filled,
and every mountain and hill will be made low;
the crooked will become straight,
the rough ways smooth,
and everyone will see the salvation of God.
He then said to the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. And don’t start saying to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones. The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
“What then should we do?” the crowds were asking him.
He replied to them, “The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same.”
Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?”
John Gives Counsel to Herod
He told them, “Don’t collect any more than what you have been authorized.”
Some soldiers also questioned him, “What should we do?”
He said to them, “Don’t take money from anyone by force or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”
Now the people were waiting expectantly, and all of them were questioning in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but one who is more powerful than I am is coming. I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing shovel is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with fire that never goes out.” Then, along with many other exhortations, he proclaimed good news to the people. But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the evil things he had done, Herod added this to everything else — he locked up John in prison.
The Baptism of Jesus
When all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. As he was praying, heaven opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in a physical appearance like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well-pleased.”
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
As he began his ministry, Jesus was about thirty years old and was thought to be the
son of Joseph, son of Heli,
son of Matthat, son of Levi,
son of Melchi, son of Jannai,
son of Joseph, son of Mattathias,
son of Amos, son of Nahum,
son of Esli, son of Naggai,
son of Maath, son of Mattathias,
son of Semein, son of Josech,
son of Joda, son of Joanan,
son of Rhesa, son of Zerubbabel,
son of Shealtiel, son of Neri,
son of Melchi, son of Addi,
son of Cosam, son of Elmadam,
son of Er, son of Joshua,
son of Eliezer, son of Jorim,
son of Matthat, son of Levi,
son of Simeon, son of Judah,
son of Joseph, son of Jonam,
son of Eliakim, son of Melea,
son of Menna, son of Mattatha,
son of Nathan, son of David,
son of Jesse, son of Obed,
son of Boaz, son of Salmon,
son of Nahshon, son of Amminadab,
son of Ram, son of Hezron,
son of Perez, son of Judah,
son of Jacob, son of Isaac,
son of Abraham, son of Terah,
son of Nahor, son of Serug,
son of Reu, son of Peleg,
son of Eber, son of Shelah,
son of Cainan, son of Arphaxad,
son of Shem, son of Noah,
son of Lamech, son of Methuselah,
son of Enoch, son of Jared,
son of Mahalalel, son of Cainan,
son of Enos, son of Seth,
son of Adam, son of God.
After 400 years of silence, God invaded that generation of Israelites in a spectacular way. Can you imagine being a shepherd, sitting in the quiet vastness of an Israel hillside, living one more night that was just like the night before and hundreds of others just like that one? Then, suddenly that sky lights up and an angel appears with a loud voice tells of the birth of the Savior. The Savior that Israel had been looking forward to since Moses predicted His coming way back in Deuteronomy!
And that young God-Man grew and knew early who He was and why He was here. Had I been Joseph and Mary and my child had been missing for three days, I would have been freaking out. But there was Jesus, cool as a cucumber, in the Temple, teaching and sharing thoughts with rabbis of the day. It was our first glimpse into Jesus’ priority – to serve and obey His heavenly Father above all else.
Let’s pray. Lord, I know that I should be focused on the miracle of Your Son, and I am! But my heart can’t help but consider all those things that Mary was treasuring up in her heart. What it must have been like to raise Jesus as a normal child, knowing, well…that He wasn’t. Thank You, Lord, for choosing just the right players in Your story of salvation. I pray, Father, that when those times come when You tap us on the shoulder to do Your will, we will be as willing and obedient as Mary and Joseph. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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