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LUKE CHAPTERS 1 & 2

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1-7 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, 3 it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; 4 so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught. 5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.

 

Lk 1,1-4

(77c) Thy kingdom come >> Hunger for the essence of God >> Hunger for His truth – Luke carefully recorded the story of Jesus, so that neither he nor anyone else would ever forget what happened throughout Christ's ministry. The only way to remember for long what God has said and done is to write it, or we will either forget. In time we will distort the truth, and we will end up remembering something that never happened. Write in a timely fashion, so you don't depend on a distant memory as a resource. 

(147a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Remember Jesus’ miracles – Luke is saying that he was not the only one who had attempted to document the events that took place that has become our gospel. Luke was able to trust a number of people whom he personally had known, who had a good reputation as faithful servants and lived righteous and holy lives, who had a faith in God, who believed the truth and knew what they believed. They brought to him segments of the story that Luke wrote. These people actually saw and heard the Lord in person, so the things that have been written for our benefit are trustworthy, having come from trustworthy witnesses.

Lk 1-2

(144d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church bears witness of Jesus >> It bears witness of His word – The word “they” refers to the eyewitnesses, the original apostles, who personally witnessed the crucifixion of Christ. Jesus’ disciples were Luke’s source for writing the Gospel of Luke. Since he could not query the Lord Jesus Himself, he queried those who were with Him from the beginning. These things were not written as opinions but eyewitness accounts, and of course the Gospel of Luke dovetails with the other three gospels, telling a different version with a different emphasis, but corresponds with them just the same. Jesus was the headwaters of God’s word, who came and spoke the words that His Father had given to Him. Jesus had no opinions; He only testified of His Father. Since these men have taken so many precautions to transcribe the events that occurred, why then are there so many religions in the world and so many denominations in Christianity? Why do people prefer their own opinions over the Scriptures? It is time to bury our opinions and pick up the word of God, as Mary said to the servants at the wedding in Cana, “Whatever He says to you, do it” (Jn 2-5). Instead, what we see in the world but many religions that originated from the human imagination, and the fact that they originated from mere opinion makes them inherently false, so what we say about Satan we can also ascribe to men: even if we spoke the truth, it would still be a lie, because they are just opinions and not the word of God.

(208h) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being the friend of God >> Relationship with God by the Spirit

(255c) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Jesus is the word of the Spirit >> Jesus is the manifested word of God

Lk 1,5-10

(81c) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> The priesthood >> Ministering to God – When we go back to the Old Testament and read the Scriptures regarding the old covenant priesthood, it was given to the tribe of Levi, which is why they called it the Levitical Priesthood. No one else had a right to exercise the priestly duties given only to the sons of Aaron. He was the first of Israel's priests, being himself a Levi and brother of Moses. These rights of the priesthood, however, restricted him of other rights that all the other eleven tribes of Israel could enjoy, such as, the Levi could never be a landowner or a merchant, nor was he allowed to war, because the priesthood was his job and was his inheritance from the Lord. Their restrictions, however, were offset by the privilege of the priestly office. So it is with us, we are restricted from indulging in the world, but our restrictions are offset by the privilege of knowing God. Therefore, the modern-day Christian resembles the tribe of Levi, called by God as the Royal Priesthood. The burning of incense represented prayer. The Golden Altar of Incense was located just outside the Most Holy Place, so that the high priest had to walk past it just prior to entering the Holy of Holies, suggesting that prayer is the means of entering this Most Holy Place with God. The presence of God is the privilege of all His children in the new covenant era, further suggesting that the new covenant people of God are a type of high priest of the Levitical Priesthood, meaning that not just one man but all are now welcome  into the Holy of Holies of God’s presence, and not just once a year but anytime we wish through the avenue of prayer. The Church spiritually represents a single tribe of Israel, the tribe of Levi.

Lk 1,5-7

(192g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Waiting for God to do it His way >> Being patient to receive something better – The story of Zacharias and Elizabeth sounds just like Abraham and Sarah waiting for God to open her womb to bear fruit that would result in the glory of all Israel. However, just when it counted the most, Zacharias asked the wrong question to the angel of the Lord that came and spoke with him inside the temple while he was performing his priestly duties.

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8-14 Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. 14 "You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.

 

Lk 1,8-20

(203b) Denying Christ >> Dishonor God by your unbelief – People love to make decisions; it’s how most define their freedom, but when Zacharias and his wife, Elizabeth, could not conceive a child on their own, they needed a miracle from God, and when God took over, He made the decisions to the point of deciding when it should happen and what to name the child. It is possible that Zacharias and Elizabeth had given up and quit praying long before this angelic encounter in the temple, yet God honored their request just the same, remembering their prayers from years past and had every intension of answering them from their first importune. If you stop praying for someone, if from doubt or even from unbelief, God will remember the faith you showed him in the past and honor your request. Since God is eternal, according to his perspective, his answer to prayer was timely, but according to Zacharias and Elizabeth, it was too late. Obviously Zacharias moved on and discovered himself ill-prepared. No doubt he was bitter by then expressing his bitterness to the angel, but the angel was not interested in listening to his bitterness. When the angel spoke to Zacharias it sounded like mockery in his ears instead of the music that it really was to the entire world! If we give up, it does not mean that God will never answer our prayers, but it may mean that we will not be able to handle the responsibility of answered prayer. If we pray in faith, God promises to answer our prayer, and then faith will once again be necessary.

Lk 1,8-10

(147f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Divine works of God >> Spiritual manifestations – It says that the whole multitude of people were in prayer outside the temple at the hour of the incense offering. This event occurred in the presence of all Israel, so what happened to Zacharias was not hearsay. God is always careful to make sure there are many witnesses involved in what He does, in order that everything may be confirmed. God never does anything in a corner or in the dark; He never expects us to simply believe Him without proof that what He is saying is true.

Lk 1,10-20

(75e) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Questioning God’s judgment – Zacharias asked the angel, Gabriel, "How shall I know this for certain? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years," and compare it to Mary's question to the same angel in verse 34, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" There are many similarities between these two questions, but there is obviously one glaring difference: Zacharias' question attacked the angel's authority, while Mary merely asked for a scientific explanation into the miracle of the virgin birth. Zacharias was asking for authoritative proof that Gabriel's words were true, as though having a visitation from an angel weren't enough. His question came from a foolish, unbelieving heart, while Mary's question came purely from curiosity, and Gabriel was more than willing to fill in some of the details about the things that were about to happen to her. Gabriel probably would have thought it strange if Mary hadn't asked any questions. 

Lk 1,11-20

(15e) Servant >> Angels are messengers from God >> They are sent to impart information – Angels are very effective as messengers, since they have power to execute judgment if their message is not believed. Angels, however, sometimes mask their identity so God can reveal them as angels to people in the spirit. This can be just as effective, because it depends on an internal conviction rather than a visual display to disclose the message. There are two things that are always present during an angelic visitation: fear and the words “fear not.” Therefore, if you have an angelic visitation and you have no fear of him, that is a bad sign because an angel’s presence is apparently fearful. Conversely, if the angel makes you afraid, but he never says, “Do not be afraid,” that is equally a bad sign, because it indicates that the angel wants you to be afraid. In both cases the angelic visitation shows evidence that he did not come from God, and you should not trust him. Demonic entities want to either flatter you or fill you full of fear.

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Lk 1-12

(88i) Thy kingdom come >> Fearing the power of God is the beginning of wisdom

Lk 1,13-17

(8f) Responsibility >> Prepare to interact with God >> Law prepares you for the Spirit – John the Baptist was a forerunner for Christ, who paved the way for His ministry. His message was essentially, ‘Get ready because here comes Jesus!’ He carved the mindset into the people of Israel that their messiah was about to make His introduction into the world, though Jesus had been with them for nearly thirty years, suggesting that the transformation that took place after His baptism and subsequent anointing cannot be overstated. The ministry of John the Baptist was similar to the advantage of relearning something as opposed to learning it for the first time; the knowledge he set in place prior to Jesus’ ministry was like setting off charges in front of a giant icebreaker, so that when the ship hit the ice, it would crack, letting the ship pass. The knowledge had already been seated, so all that was needed was a refresher course, and all the knowledge would return. This is what John the Baptist did for the Lord: he taught the people about their coming messiah, so that when he came, he had prepared the people’s minds to receive Him. However, as we know Israel did not receive their messiah, but that was neither the fault of Christ nor of John the Baptist, but of the false teachers of Israel, who taught that Messiah was coming to deliver them from their enemies. While this holds true about messianic prophecy, yet it is only true regarding the last days, Israel did not account for the entire 2000-year age of grace that came before his prophesied deliverance, and for this reason they overlooked Jesus.


 

15-17 "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb. 16 "And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 "It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

 

Lk 1-15

(113j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Filled with the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verses 40-45 

(132j) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Filled with the Spirit >> Drink in the Spirit – The bible equates being filled with the Holy Spirit with the effects of drinking alcohol, except instead of dulling your senses, your senses are heightened to the things of God. John the Baptist never drank a single drop of wine or liquor in his life. That did not make him great before God or more righteous than others, but excluded to possibility that he was drunk during his ministry. John’s ministry revolved around the anointing. His whole purpose and ministry was to introduce Israel to God’s anointing, and in doing so he introduced Israel to God’s anointed one, being the very translation of the name “Christ”. It was important for John to never know the intoxication of alcohol, so that no one would ever misconstrue his anointing with being drunk.

(191a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism >> Immersed in His Spirit -- This verse goes with verses 40-45

Lk 1-17

(33d) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Kingdom belongs to the children of God Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mat 18-3,4). Children have attitudes of the righteous; they have attitudes of submission and humility. They are smaller than their parents, who are always telling them what to do, because they themselves don’t know. They need their parents, just like we need God. The ministry of John the Baptist was to help Israel revert to their childhood innocence, back to a time when they had a compliant attitude. The path of righteousness is hard to find, because we are so inclined to do evil. We need spiritual leadership to show us the way, even though in our hearts we know the way of truth is the way of righteousness.

(59a) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Spirit of Elijah is coming / John the Baptist was like Elijah – Comparing Elijah with John the Baptist, can we confidently say that Elijah was a forerunner for Israel? Actually no, Elijah himself was not a forerunner for anything. Ever since his ministry, though, God has been using his anointing as a forerunner for that which is to come. It says that John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah. That obviously means John the Baptist was not literally Elijah. We know this for certain, but many people believe that Elijah himself must return as one of the two witnesses prophesied in Revelation chapter eleven, even though we have the example of John the Baptist coming in the spirit of Elijah and not as Elijah himself. Now that we have this account of John the Baptist, it becomes much more likely that someone will come after him in just the same way, and not as Elijah himself. That is, the two witnesses will not literally be Moses and Elijah, but will come in the spirit of these two men. Why must Elijah himself come? God can place His spirit on anyone who is willing and faithful to use His anointing and perform the same works that Elijah did. As John the Baptist acted as a forerunner for Christ in the spirit of Elijah, so the two witnesses will introduce His millennial kingdom to the world.

(90c) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Law is our tutor >> It prepares your heart to receive Christ – John the Baptist was a key component in preparing the way for Christ's ministry. Like ships that travel near the polar regions, John broke the ice as it were for Christ to follow behind him. He prepared people's hearts to receive the message and ministry that Christ brought. John's message revolved around the law, which became the platform of Christ's message and ministry that revolved around love. This indicates that without remaining complicit to the law you cannot love. It also indicates that Jesus didn't want to preach law and love in equal doses, otherwise it would have confused the people. This way, they were separated into two ministries: John preaching the end of the old and Jesus preaching beginning of the new. Their ministries showed the differences and similarities between law and love, and showed that one has overshadowed the other, so that there is no more need to follow the law if you follow Christ, since He was the fulfillment of the law. However, the one who refuses to follow Christ has inadvertently chosen to follow the law, and thus is subject to its condemnation whenever the law is broken, because the law never promised to pardon anyone, only to condemn the one who violates it. 

(95h) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Having an obedient attitude >> Ready to do God’s will

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18-21 Zacharias said to the angel, "How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years." 19 The angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 "And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time." 21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.

 

Lk 1,18-20

(20f) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Seeking a sign – If you think you should question an angel, ask for the name of his Lord. If he refuses to confess the name of Jesus, have noting to do with that spirit. Note that Zacharias didn’t ask the angel why he was in the temple, so why did he ask him for a sign that what he was saying would come to pass? Later, the Pharisees would ask Jesus for a sign, and Jesus told them that there would be no signs given to them for the same reason, because the angel’s presence was the sign, suggesting that Jesus’ presence in the flesh was also just as startling to the Pharisees, startling as unauthorized personnel in God's temple! The people noticed Zacharias’ delay from the temple, so he must have had a lengthy conversation, not a mere brush with an angel. When he finally emerged the people realized he had seen a vision in the temple; he kept making signs to them.

(96n) Thy kingdom come >> Having a negative attitude about sin >> Having a rebellious attitude – Zacharias was being foolish, especially since Gabriel met him in the house of the Lord, in the temple, in a place that was holy to the Lord. He assumed that when he entered the temple he would be alone with God. Anyone found loitering in the temple without the authority of the priests was grounds for being stoned to death, so when he saw the angel, he should have known that this was a special encounter. In fact he did know this, but he couldn’t help but express his bitterness because this is how he had grown accustomed to talking to the Lord. Zacharias was tired of waiting for a son; he quit believing, yet God was gracious to him and answered his prayer anyway, because God is good to us.

(167h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind does not receive the things of God >> It does not believe the word of God – The difference between an angel of God and a demon posing as an angel of light is the difference between a beautiful mountain scene with a crystal clear stream running through it, and a picture of one. We know when we are not standing in front of a mountain scene because the picture is on the wall and we are in the house. So there are things we know that demons try to make us ignore. They want us to think they are real when we know there isn’t a mountain like that within a thousand mile radius of us. It seems that task would be impossible, but the success rate of demons deceiving mankind is amazingly high. People believe lies because they want to believe them. Zacharias, who was visited by an angel in the temple while he was tending to the golden altar of incense, talked back to the angel after delivering his message and said to him, “How can I know this for certain…?” In other words, Zacharias asked the angel, ‘How do I know that I am not standing in front of a picture?’ The angel essentially answered, ‘You idiot, I stand in the presence of God!’

(181b) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebellion >> Rebelling against God >> Rebelling against the witness of God – This was not a good question that Zacharias asked Gabriel; it was a mulish question laced with doubt. He could have appeared to someone else, but he appeared to Zacharias because he was a good man, yet he questioned the angel’s authority. Even the best of us have our doubts; therefore, the question is not whether we have doubts, but whether we are willing to leave them outside the temple. We are supposed to take our sin and doubts and unbelief with us to prayer, only for the purpose of asking forgiveness for them and for help to rise above them, not to use them to pray. Are we willing to express our doubts to an angel who comes to visit us? That would be a bad idea! Zacharias was an old man and had been waiting for God a long time, yet the angel did not accept this as a fair excuse for the way he talked back to him. We can remain faithful through long, arduous periods, but at the moment of receiving answer to our prayers we can self-destruct. We may still receive what we have asked, but with a penalty for our doubts. It must have amazed the angle to hear Zacharias say this to him, and notice this, that Gabriel attached his rebuke to the offending body part that Zacharias used to sin, which was his tongue, disabling his speech. It is one thing to talk to his wife about his doubts, but quite another to express his unbelief to the angel. Zacharias essentially said to Gabriel, ‘You made me wait my whole life you jerk,’ but the angel was not interested in hearing his bitterness. Once the moment came for his prayers to finally be answered, that was the time to believe. 

(199b) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Frustrating the grace of God >> Frustrating Jesus >> Frustrating the Father

Lk 1-19,20

(26k) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Curse >> Deeds that return to the doer >> God’s blessings are a curse if you don’t walk in them

(104f) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart shall see God >> Shall see the Father >> Being in the presence of God

Lk 1-19

(69d) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Righteous anger >> God is angry at sin – The angel didn't have to think long about Zacharias' response, but judged him promptly for his unbelief. Judgment and discernment are often found together because they are simply the inverse of each other. The knowledge of the Holy Spirit is a type of judgment in itself. If you are able to judge the truth in a person's heart, we must be careful not to condemn him, but correct him with a gentile spirit and with reverence toward God. Even then it will feel like boulders falling on him. The litmus test of your discernment is whether you can discern both good and evil. If you can only discern evil, then chances are you are merely seeing the reflection of your own sin in another person. 

Lk 1-20

(214dd) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time is none of our business -- This verse goes with verse 35

Lk 1-21 -- No Entries

 

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22-29 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept making signs to them, and remained mute. 23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home. 24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, 25 "This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men." 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.

 

Lk 1-22

(117i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing visions

Lk 1,23-25 -- No Entries

Lk 1,26-35

(30j) Gift of God >> He favors you by His gracious choice of you – The angel said something to Mary that is common to all angelic visitations, “Do not be afraid.” Apparently, it is not in the interest of demons to say this. If God sends an angel to you, he will invariably make this statement: “Do not be afraid.” The angel’s gaze supported the things he said to Mary, for Gabriel looked at her with a countenance of absolute faith and confidence that is essentially lacking in humans. He looked at her in a way that whatever he said would be the truth and she could stake her life on it. Mary’s response to all this was, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord, be it done according to your word.” That is all the angel wanted to hear, then departed. He must have left Mary’s side wishing there were more people like her in the world, a woman so full of faith and understanding about spiritual things. The angel just told her that the Holy Spirit was going to overshadow her and she would conceive in her womb a child, and she didn’t give him any guff. Mary’s life dramatically changed and it was such an easy transition for her; she became "the mother of our Lord." It was almost like she was preparing all her life for this. God works with people throughout their lives, weaving the circumstances together to engender a certain result, and the way we interpret our lives plays a part in the working of God to accomplish His purpose, using key people who are full of faith and trust in God.

(110g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Born of the Spirit by the truth >> Conceived by the Spirit of truth The Father’s plan was executed at the crucifixion of Christ, even when He overshadowed Mary and she conceived, and the resulting child was the Son of God. Jesus and the Father did not hatch this plan together; The angel’s greeting really got Mary’s attention. He appeared to both her and Zacharias, giving them an opportunity to express their faith. “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” These words coming from an angel of God would get anyone’s attention, like winning the lottery. He spoke very positive words to her, and then Mary replied to the angel with a question, just as Zacharias, only Mary’s query did not involve questioning the angel’s authority as Zacharias did. On the one hand, her question had a similar tone to Zacharias’ question, but there was something intrinsically present in Mary’s question that was lacking in Zacharias – Faith. She asked, “How could this be since I am a virgin?” It was a question of physics, ‘how can I conceive if I have never known a man?’ This is a completely valid question, because it was not based on fear or doubt. Normally, when a man suddenly appears in a woman’s house while she is alone and tells her that she was about to conceive a child, it instills fear, but she had no fear because of the disarming mannerism of the angel, but also because of the exquisite faith that Mary had in her God. Gabriel explained how this was going to happen, adding to Mary’s confidence, which confirmed her faith, being totally vested in the spiritual transaction that would take place inside her womb. On the other hand, there was something lacking in Mary that was present in Zacharias – a long history of waiting for God. There was another intrinsic difference between these two; Zacharias was getting his prayers answered, whereas Mary’s visitation was not an answer to prayer. 


 

30-37 The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end." 34 Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin ?" 35 The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 "And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 "For nothing will be impossible with God."

 

Lk 1,30-35

(64h) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Weaknesses of God >> God subjects himself to human frailty >> His weakness is stronger than men – Gabriel’s answer to her question became the great revelation regarding the person of Jesus Christ. From this point she was called the Virgin Mary, though she had other children by natural means through Joseph, but her first-born was conceived before she knew a man. God Himself overshadowed her, causing her to be conceived, so that the offspring had the genetic makeup of our heavenly Father. He wasn’t half-God/half-man; that is not how genetics works. One side of His face did not look like His Father and the other side like His mother. Genetics is an amalgamation of genetic material from the father and the mother, a mixing of information from both parents, not as throwing food coloring into a swimming pool, or putting two different colored marbles in a box, closing the lid and shaking it so they come out in random order. Throwing food coloring into a swimming pool always gets the same result, while shaking a set of marbles would produce a different randomness each time, but the marbles themselves would not mix with each other. Rather, it is both the pool analogy and the marble analogy happening at the same time, always yielding a different result, and this is what produces different siblings in the same family; they can be vastly different, yet have fundamental similarities. Take the case of children from a big family born to the same parents, we would see variation of every kind, even though they came from the same genetic source. That is because the way the male and female chromosomes combine to form a new organism is unique in each case. Therefore, Jesus was not half God and half man; rather, he was totally human as a result of His mother, and He was totally God as a result of His Father. This suggests something unique did happen in Jesus’ case in that His Father was not human, and therefore many traits He inherited from His Father could not mix with complementary traits from His mother, because she lacked them. Being totally human and totally divine are equally critical to our understanding of the Son of God. The Father was no doubt caring for the way the two chromosomes combined to create the first cell (zygote) that became the fetus that became the child, who became the man Christ Jesus. The Catholics have visited this subject more than any other religious group; they tried to comprehend who was Jesus Christ in the flesh and came to many of the same conclusions. Was he truly human? The answer to that is a resounding ‘Yes!’ Was He divine? The answer to that is another resounding ‘Yes!’ He was exactly both, the only divine man who ever lived in fallen, human flesh, yet he was without sin. It is actually a paradox to have a divine man made of sinful flesh; his whole life was a paradox in the sense that he never committed a sin, even though he lived in a body of sinful flesh.

(75g) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Questioning God from a good heart Mary questioned the angel from a good heart. Her question could be thus translated, ‘Are you going to send some guy to me I don’t know?’ The angel’s answer has raised implications that have bemused mankind to this day.

(141c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ ministry >> Jesus as the Son of God – Jesus’ title, Son of God, is by far the most important three words in the Bible. The angel said, “For this reason the holy child shall be called the Son of God.” For this reason, means the reason of the Most High overshadowing Mary resulting in conception, though she had never known a man. “For this reason He will be called the son of God,” though the Bible also says in other passages, such as in Hebrews chapter seven, comparing Jesus to a man called Melchizedek, Heb 6-19,20, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” In the next chapter it says this Melchizedek had neither father nor mother nor genealogy, “Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually” (Heb 7-3). We know Jesus had a mother (Mary), so we can’t say he didn’t have genealogy, though He lacked genealogy from His Father, and so this becomes a half-truth. How can the writer of Hebrews say that Jesus was without genealogy? He can because it says He was “made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.” Essentially what the writer of Hebrews is saying is that He wasn’t conceived like a regular person, but suddenly appeared in Mary’s womb, Jesus Christ who also appeared to Abraham, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” They asked Him how He could meet Abraham, and He answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am” (Jn 8,56-58). This is what Hebrews is saying about Melchizedek that He has always existed throughout eternity, so this term Son of God did not have its origins as the son of Mary but before this, hinting at one of the great mysteries of the Bible.

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Lk 1-30

(23m) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of the unknown >> Fear the appearance of angels – The angel told Mary not to be afraid. The angel did not want Mary to be afraid of him, because fear is the opposite of God. Therefore, when angels show themselves to people for the purpose of furthering the grace of God, they always give as their salutation this phrase, “Do not be afraid.” The fact that angels always say this suggests that their presence evokes fear, meaning they are clearly not of this world. They may have similar anatomy, but a simple observation would reveal that they are bathed in the glory of God, and there may be other aspects about them and around them that are unusual. If we think everything unusual is a threat, imagine how babies must view the world when they are first born and everything is foreign and unusual to them. It is hardwired in us to think the things we have never seen are a threat. The human body is immersed in weakness; perceiving the unknown as a threat is the body’s defense mechanism to keep us safe.

(30e) Favor With God (Key verse)

(57c) Paradox >> Opposites >> The more you love the less you fear – Paul said that demons pose as angels of light, and fear belongs to Satan, but the angel did not appear to Mary to create an environment conducive to spreading the kingdom of Satan but of God’s kingdom. For Mary to be afraid of him was counterproductive, so the angel allayed her fears before proceeding with his message. The angel said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” To hear an angel tell us we have found favor with God would go a long way to allay our fears. Neither Mary nor anyone else in the Bible who saw an angel ever questioned whether he was a demon posing as an angel of light. Therefore, when we see a genuine angel, we will know it. If we see a demon, we may not know what is standing in front of us, because they are deceitful, so if there are any doubts, don’t trust the vision. If it is a demon, it will appeal to our fleshly weakness to believe a lie and attempt to flatter us, but a real angel would not do this. It may have been flattering for the angel Gabriel to tell Mary that she had found favor with God, but the fact of his appearance and that he started his message with the key phrase, “Do not be afraid,” suggests that a demon would never have this appearance or allay our fears.

Lk 1,31-35

(253e) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the internal qualities of the Father >> Jesus is the Son of God >> Declared the Son of God by angels and believers

Lk 1-32,33

(243l) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> He shall reign forever and ever

Lk 1-33

(243f) The Eternal Kingdom Of God (Key verse)

Lk 1-35

(214dd) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time is none of our business -- This verse goes with verse 20. It was time for God to stand from His glorious throne and do a work which man would not understand even if it were described to Him. Nobody told God when it was time to go to work. When God sowed His seed in Mary and she conceived a child through the Holy Spirit, that moment was most holy to the Lord, not just the conception and not just the child born to her but the moment itself was holy. God considers the times in which He works to be holy. When Jesus’ disciples asked Him about the times and epochs, they never got an answer. Jesus said in some cases that He didn’t know, but in other cases He flatly denied their request, one of the few instances that this happened, simply because God’s time is none of our business. God is eternal; He has always existed and He always will, and He has all the time anyone could possibly imagine, yet He is very stringent about time. His time He doesn’t’ want us to know, not just because we would use that knowledge to sin, orchestrating our lives around the events, partying until the very last minute and then repenting just in time, but also because these things are most holy to Him. Frankly, nobody really knows why God feels the way He does about time.

(254f) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> Jesus is the substance of God’s life >> Jesus is the manifestation of God’s life – There is one major distinction between us and Jesus, and that is the fact that we have a human soul, whereas the soul of Christ was the Spirit of God. We born-again Christians consist of a body, a soul and the Holy Spirit, whereas Jesus consisted of just body and Spirit; that is, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born with Him as His soul. For this reason Jesus was able to know the thoughts of God in a way that we never will. Not even in heaven will we be able to discern the thoughts of God like Jesus will, because the Spirit of God within us is diluted with our own spirit. When we are born-again, the Holy Spirit takes residence in our hearts and mixes with our soul to become one Spirit in Him (1Cor 6-17). From that point we are capable of knowing the thoughts of God, but we will never have the intimacy that Jesus has with His Father, because the spirit we use to interface with God is a mixture of ourselves and Him, and in this life we are tainted by our sinful nature, whereas Jesus’ Spirit was pure, nor did He ever commit a sin in His flesh.

Lk 1-36,37 -- No Entries


 

38-50 And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. 39 Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 "And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? 44 "For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45 "And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord." 46 And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 "For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. 49 "For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name. 50 "AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.

 

Lk 1-38

(12i) Servant >> Attitude of a bondservant – This is a perfect example of how important it is to bring balance to the scriptures. We know that Catholics worship Mary, "The mother of God," and she is rightly so, though she is not to be worshiped. However, because the Catholics worship her, the other religions swing the pendulum the other way and rarely mention her at all, which is almost equally wrong. I think Protestants have missed out on some good truth about Mary by ignoring her, mainly that she was truly a great servant of the Lord. Notice that she never doubted the angle of the Lord when he spoke to her about bearing the Son of God. This was a tremendous act of faith on her part that we often forget because she made it look so easy. She simply believed God at His word, which is what faith is all about. The Scriptures do not reveal her as a screw up, though she was not perfect, she was one who was truly pure in heart. 

Lk 1,39-45

(107j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> The Church is of the truth >> God’s people can discern the truth – John the Baptist could discern the presents of Jesus before he was born. This strips away the intellectual influences from spiritually to show that God does not impart an infant Holy Spirit in our hearts and expect him to grow. Rather, we are the infant, and He expects us to grow into the likeness of His implantation. 

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Lk 1,40-45

(113j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Filled with the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verse 15. There is clearly a spiritual as well as a physical connection between Mary, Elizabeth and their fetuses, which has something to say about the anointings that will drive the ministries of these two men later in their adult years, and has something to say about God’s plan to use them is very specialized ways to change the world.

(191a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism >> Immersed in His Spirit -- These verses go with verse 15. When John came to full knowledge of the truth, the anointing continuously led him into the ways of the Lord and into the mind of Christ and prepared him to reveal the Son of God to the world, and to blaze the trail ahead of Christ. The truth was second nature to John the Baptist, because the Holy Spirit was with him from the very beginning of his life.

Lk 1-43,44

(135j) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Abortion >> God loves the fetus >> The fetus is a living person What Elizabeth heard had a direct affect on the fetus she was carrying in her womb. The question is: did that have to do with Elizabeth’s faith in God in relation to Mary and the interconnection that plays between a mother and her fetus, or did the sound Mary’s voice from the outside world affect the child? What I’m asking is, did Elizabeth’s body release certain chemicals associated with her faith in God, triggering a response from the anointing that God already bestowed upon little John the Baptist, or was she a passive spectator in the middle of two anointings communicating with each other? Obviously both the faith of Elizabeth and the special person in her womb that came prepackaged with the anointing reacted to Mary’s voice. How could a fetus leap in its mother’s womb for joy? This happened long before John the Baptist could know anything. It wasn’t John the Baptist who was leaping in Elizabeth’s womb; it was his anointing, the spirit of Elijah. This demonstrates that his anointing was inextricably grafted to him, conjoined as it were from the very beginning, so that the Holy Spirit was doing the work of John the Baptist even before he was born, using John’s body to leap in her womb. 

Lk 1,46-48

(173a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Scripture that contradicts the catholic faith >> Relationship between Jesus and His mother >> Jesus is our savior, not Mary – Elizabeth called Mary “the mother of my Lord.” God was the Lord of Elizabeth, and Jesus is God in human flesh. The Catholics got this one right, calling Mary ‘the mother of God.’ How they mean it, though, is probably another can of worms, for when Mary said, “All generations will count me blessed,” the Catholic Church has gone too far and has worshipped Mary and even prays to her, doing these things by forged doctrines. Mary in every sense was one of the great people of this world, but in no way has God ever called person to worship another human being or even pray to another person besides Jesus Christ. He taught us to pray in His name, not Mary’s. On a limited basis we can say that Mary was literally the mother of God, only on physical terms. In 1Cor 15-50 Paul said, “…flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God…” Therefore, Mary’s role as the mother of God has ceased. She is not considered the mother of God in eternity, for in heaven she is just another beneficiary of Jesus’ blood sacrifice, but that does not make her any less one of the great women of the Bible. She doesn’t have the status that the Catholics give her, for they teach that Mary is just one step below Jesus, which is ludicrous; Mary was just as much a sinner as the rest of us. Even as a righteous woman, who believed in God her whole life, she still is a sinner. She needed Jesus to forgive her with the rest of us, in as much as she partook of communion, which represents the spiritual transaction that transpires within the believer when he accepts His blood sacrifice as remission of sin.

(176k) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Extremes >> Truth is never found in your thinking on either extreme of any subject – We know that the Catholic Church has raised up Mary as an idol and has carved statues and prayed to her, and we know that these things are not the will of God. It is idolatry. The Protestant Church does not worship Mary or pray to her, which is admirable, but does the Protestant Church count her blessed? Can we give Mary the honor that she deserves? Talk to most Protestants about Mary and they will shy away from any discussion about her, thinking that she is off-limits because of how the Catholic Church has unduly glorified her. Protestants largely overlook Mary; for some they don’t even want to mention her name, but this is not how we interpret Scripture. We don’t go to the opposite extreme of those we know are wrong, because the truth isn’t there either. The truth is always in the middle, and it is always in the Scriptures, and this passage says, that all succeeding generations will count her blessed, and if we don’t count her blessed, then we must ask why not. We will need to find the middle road, obviously not the road of Catholicism that worships her and certainly not the opposite road that ignores her. When we recognize Mary as one of the great women of the Bible, chosen to carry the Son of God, to deliver Him and then raised Him from a baby to a boy to a teenager and to a man, a whole realm of truth comes cascading our way. Mary and Joseph influenced Jesus just like all parents influence their children. God the Father made sure His Son was born to good people who raised Him right. At some point in Jesus’ life God the Father replaced Joseph, probably as a boy. No one knows what happened to Joseph; he may have died of an illness or was possible killed.

(234b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seeking the glory of His favor Mary knew her name would be immortalized in the manuscripts that would follow the events that were sure to occur in her lifetime concerning her firstborn son. She was a godly young woman full of faith, and for this reason God chose her to bear His Son. Godliness was a simple matter of following her conscience and doing what she knew was right, and placing the proper emphasis on all aspects of her life, just as she gave the proper emphasis on all aspects of the Scriptures. She had a zeal for God that led her to a devotion to the truth, and God tested her by the very child that she conceived, having become pregnant without ever knowing a man. 

Lk 1-48

(77h) Thy kingdom come >> Tapping into the power of God through humility >> The high position of a humble servant – God selected Mary from the many Jewish women who came from the tribe of Levi. This was a prophecy that Mary spoke in a tone of the Old Testament, using phrases that the Old Testament would use, such as, “My soul exalts the Lord.” That sounds like something from the Psalms, and “God our savior” is a phase Paul used on more than one occasion (six times), which also originated from the Old Testament. Mary was an Old Testament believer, and the child within her would inaugurate a new covenant in His own blood, and so Mary was the pivotal point between old and new covenants.

Lk 1-49,50 -- No Entries

 

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51-66 "He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. 52 "He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble. 53 "HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed. 54 "He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy, 55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever." 56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home. 57 Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing with her. 59 And it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, after his father. 60 But his mother answered and said, "No indeed; but he shall be called John." 61 And they said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name." 62 And they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called. 63 And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, "His name is John." And they were all astonished. 64 And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God. 65 Fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters were being talked about in all the hill country of Judea. 66 All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, "What then will this child turn out to be?" For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.

 

Lk 1,51-55

(61f) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> God’s people give birth to Christ—Israel (to Bethlehem’s baby) / the Church (to His second coming) – Some people do things for God that has a limited effect, hoping He will accept their offering, but Israel has done things for God that He specifically wanted them to do, so that His acceptance is intrinsic to their work, and He uses them to minister to every person on the planet. This cannot be said about any other people or nation.

Lk 1,51-53

(49a) Judgment >> Nations are destroyed >> Israel judged as an example for us

(56j) Paradox >> Opposites >> He who exalts himself shall be humbled – It is impossible to overstate the ministry of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in giving birth to the Son of God, the person who is responsible everything that exists, even the universe itself. It says that in one day God created the great expanse, and then He devoted another whole day to creating the earth, putting just as much time and effort into this one planet as He did to the rest of the universe, no wonder life doesn’t exist anywhere else in the cosmos. Everything we see and know, have felt and heard, God has made it through the child that would be born to her.

(57d) Paradox >> Opposites >> God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble – Mary’s exhortation was about the Old Testament God of Israel regarding all the things that are written about Him in their ancient manuscripts by Moses and the other prophets, how He delivered His people, humbling kings and nations and exalted Israel, his servant. He was kind to the poor and gave the rich what they deserved for not helping the poor, and He has given help to Israel in remembrance of His mercy. All these things that Mary spoke about God applied also to the fetus that was growing in her womb, for the child that would be born to her was the same person who did all these things. Her baby was Israel’s God, the God of heaven, who sits on His lofty throne beside His Father, whose name is the Almighty. The Father never does anything without His son but performs all His works through Him, who in turn has delegated all His authority to His creation. This is how God has always worked, and He will forever continue to work this way. For this reason His name is the Word of God, whose speech enables the Father to perform His works through Him, thus establishing a witness and a testimony of Himself, so all of creation can see and believe in the Father through the Son.

Lk 1-51

(22n) Sin >> Pride comes before a fall

Lk 1-53

(249e) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> Do not trust the carnal perception of wealth >> Do not depend on wealth

Lk 1-56 -- No Entries

 

Lk 1,57-64

(77m) Thy kingdom come >> Being Humble Before God >> Exalting God through humility – Throughout the pregnancy Zacharias could not speak, because he used his mouth foolishly when he spoke to the angel. Zacharias knew he was an angel based on his appearance and by the fact that no one else was allowed in the temple while he trimmed the incense, removing the ashes and adding more incense to the golden altar that resided in front of the curtain draped over the entrance to the Most Holy Place. Zacharias actually back-talked the angel essentially saying, ‘How do I know what you are saying is true?’ What a thing to say to an angel! His very presence proves what he was saying was true. Not only would he not lie, the angel had a position of authority, having come from God. There was no reason for Zacharias to doubt the angel; it was inexcusable; he had no defense; he spoke and then regretted it, but then he repented and God returned his voice, and now he used it to glorify God.

Lk 1-62

(63h) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Sarcasm >> Ignoring the truth to convey the truth The angel of the Lord, when he was displeased with Zacharias, did not say that he would not be able to hear for a season but said, “Behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time” (v20). The angel determined that Zacharias didn’t need his mouth to speak during the pregnancy, so he muted him, though he could hear just fine, yet his pushy, nosy neighbors wrote on tablets to communicate with him. We tend to communicate with people in ways they communicate with us and not necessarily in ways they need us to communicate with them.

Lk 1-63,64

(114e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Obeying the revelation from heaven >> Obeying the revelation by putting away the flesh – We see that the angelic host was in control of the ministry of Christ from the very beginning, starting with John the Baptist. They were in the background always maintaining the circumstances and guaranteeing all things to go as planned. Once the time came eight days after birth to circumcise the child the parents were ready to give him a name among the sons of Israel (v59). For Zacharias and Elizabeth there was nothing to discuss. They never conferred with each other about the name of their baby, because they already knew his name even before his conception, given by the angel, and since the angels named him John, how angelic was his ministry? Relatives, friends and neighbors could not get the parents to discuss naming the child, so they decided to take over and attempted to name the child themselves, indicating he should be named after his father, but their thinking was not in line with God's plan.

Lk 1-65,66

(221e) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from the mind of man >> He hides the truth from man’s understanding – All the people were in great anticipation as to what kind of person John the Baptist would become, but after so many years had past people tended to forget. It was decades until John’s ministry finally began, but before that he made the wilderness his home, so he wasn’t even around to remind them of the ministry that would one-day surface. Conversely, Mary tried to conceal the peculiarity of her conception, for had it became known she got pregnant out of wedlock she would be stoned to death. For this reason she and Joseph were quickly married, so no one could do the math and discover Mary’s secret. So, on the one hand, everyone anticipated what would come of John, though he hid from their unbelief, but on the other hand no one suspected Jesus of anything, yet He proved to be their messiah. Therefore, God calls His prophets when people’s expectations are lowest. He likes to catch people off guard, but those who are faithful in Christ get a heads-up. They know what is coming and are never surprised, because they have their eyes trained toward heaven and an ear to the ground and can hear what the spirit is saying.

Lk 1-65

(88g) Thy kingdom come >> Fear the judgment of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Fear the consequences of your disobedience

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67-80 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant - 70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old - 71 Salvation FROM OUR ENEMIES, And FROM THE HAND OF ALL WHO HATE US; 72 To show mercy toward our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant, 73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, 74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. 76 "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS; 77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins, 78 Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, 79 TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH, To guide our feet into the way of peace." 80 And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

 

Lk 1,67-79

(46e) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Being fearless in battle – The age of grace was meant as a time of peace for Christians, whom God would never call to war, unlike Israel during the Old Testament. In that age God used Israel as a club to bludgeon the nations to death who served other gods, who did not know the ways of the Lord or His laws, who corrupted the earth by serving demons, polluting the human gene pool and the earth itself by having sex with anything that breathed and by spilling innocent blood. Their hearts had turned to stone beyond correction, their sinful ways contagious that ,unchecked, would have spread throughout the world to every nation and taken over God’s creation to establish hell on earth. God’s vision of Israel was a band of mercenaries to destroy those who were destroying the earth instead of God taking matters into His own hands like he did in Noah’s day. God worked hard with Noah, but he worked much harder with Israel, raising up Abraham first, who became the father of his nation, which later fell under bondage to the pharaoh of Egypt. God delivered them with a mighty hand, hardening pharaoh’s heart to judge him more severely, dealing out retribution for the cries of faith that bleated in His ears during the years of their enslavement, pioneering for Israel a reputation they would take to the inhabitants of Canaan, their promise land, to invoke fear in their enemies before they uprooted them. In stark contrast, after using Israel to smite the nations, God sent His Son to die on a cross as a means of forgiving sin for the cause of peace in hope of leading the course of man as a shepherd instead of an adjudicator by his heart instead of by the sword. God has salted the earth with the gospel of Christ, written in His own blood. Those who would take the truth into the world seek to preserve the human race. God built a church and laid a foundation of mercy through His Son that we might live in peace with one another and become an example to the world of God’s greatness and glory, but in these last days, man’s heart is turning back to stone, so there is nothing else God can do, which will ultimately precipitate the fulfillment of endtime prophecy, along with all the horror that is predicted, because man has lost his fear of God.

Lk 1,67-75 

(29e) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Delivered from wicked rulers – “You shall be called the prophet of the Most High.” Zacharias got this from the angel who spoke to him in the temple. Zacharias is voicing the hope of Israel in their Messiah come to deliver them from their enemies, whereas his own son, John the Baptist, is destined to become a prophet who will contradict many of the things Zacharias is saying here. Contrary to this hope, John will be introducing the savior, not of Israel only, but of the entire world, who will kick off a 2000-year age of grace that the scholars of Israel completely missed in their Old Testament writings. Once Jesus entered His ministry, the people expected Him to save them from their enemies, though their greatest enemy is sin. Jesus intends to grant the people’s hope they had of Him, articulated by Zacharias, “salvation from our enemies,” only fulfilling it at the end of this age, 2000 years later, by establishing His millennial reign. Zacharias was incognizant of the coming age of grace, which temple worship was intended to illustrate that the Levitical priesthood had been practicing ever since God instituted it in the days of Moses. Zacharias was himself busying even during his encounter with the angel in the temple tending to the golden altar of incense. It is not surprising that he overlooked such a significant era, since he hadn’t been seeking the Lord with his whole heart, being his response to God for not answering his prayers right away for a son, and it is also not surprising since the entire nation of Israel had overlooked God’s plan to sacrifice the Son of God with their own hands. It was virtually impossible to put their heads around such a thing; who in their right mind would crucify their own Messiah for whom they had been waiting for millennia and claimed to love Him. Zacharias was not a man of great wisdom and understanding and vision, but he was a righteous man. His son will be those things he was and was not.

Lk 1-74,75

(29e) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Delivered from wicked rulers

Lk 1,76-79

(149j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Authority of the rhema given to evangelism >> Being prepared by God personally

Lk 1-78,79

(112c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Jesus’ light overcomes darkness >> The light of His truth

(119k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of sin is broken >> Curse of ignorance is broken

(184e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Darkness >> God controls darkness >> Darkness is the absence of light

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LUKE CHAPTER 2

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1-4 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. 2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,

 

Lk 2,1-20 

(221a) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from man’s ignorance >> God hides from those who are not looking for Him -- These verses go with verses 40-52. It is ironic that Jesus came to show us a better way, born in a manger. He was born in the place of animals, while the noble-minded stayed in the motel. There were practical reasons for being born in a barn; for one, it didn’t attract attention. Only those whom God directed knew where to look for Him. Those who would search for Him would look in king’s palaces and consult people in high places. The humble setting of the birth of our Lord was quaint, the infant child lying in His mother’s arms with hay build around her, the cattle bowing for a better look, the shepherds entering with joy in their hearts. At Christmas time, reminiscing of our Lord brings joy to know that no matter what circumstances less than ideal we may find ourselves, there is always potential for joy and gladness of heart. The rich and powerful, the governors who lived in luxurious homes slept in their own beds that night, incognizant of the evening’s miracle. Only the lowliest of society were invited by angels; those who tended sheep entered a familiar odor and environment of livestock where they found the will of God in a charming stable. To this day only the lowliest of society come and visit their king in His infancy through the true knowledge of Christmas. We can find the will of God in some of our own barn-like situations, some dire places, where God may even lead us, places with more hope and potential for walking in joy and love than in kings palaces and fancy motel rooms. The magi later found Jesus too, the three wise men. What made them wise was not their uncanny knowledge that someone significant was being born or their success in locating the child. Their wisdom came after they had seen the child and laid their gifts at His feet, they did not report Him to their king who wanted to destroy the child. Only God could protect something so delicate and valuable as the baby Jesus in a world of evil that wanted to rid itself of His perfection and beauty.

Lk 2,1-7

(37e) Judgment >> Judgment of God >> Jesus’ humanity >> He was part of the lineage of David – In Lk 20,41-44 Jesus made this statement: “‘How is it that they say the Christ is David’s son?’ For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’ Therefore David calls Him Lord, and how is He His son?" Jesus admitted He was a son of David, though Joseph was not His real father, who was from the house of David. Through Joseph, then, Jesus' genealogical heritage pointed in the direction his father David. Had Joseph originated from a different tribe, people would have said that Christ did not stem from David, but this way when people think of Him coming from His stepfather, Joseph, they would attribute Jesus with Davidic blood. That is to say, if someone didn't know that Jesus was the Son of God or were inclined to discount this fact, his stepfather made Jesus’ lineage appear unbroken, though it was indeed broken by His Father, who was not from the bloodline of David, but was actually David’s creator, trumping Joseph's input! Nevertheless, the Scriptures give Jesus the bloodline of David, a descendant from the tribe of Judah (Heb 7-14), making us  conclude that Jesus received this status by proxy through his stepfather. Why is Jesus’ genealogical line important? His lineage identifies Him as the son of man, so we know about his physical origins. He didn’t simply appear out of nowhere, so it seems. It is ironic that the Bible takes such great pains to document the bloodline of Christ dating all the way back to Adam in an unbroken genealogical chain, but then is broken at His own Father, rendering His bloodline seemingly irrelevant. It is relevant though, in that if He weren't the Son of God, he would have been Joseph's son, who came from the root of David. Mary was from the tribe of Levi; we know this because her cousin Elizabeth was a Levite (Lk 1-5), and it was customary for Israelites to marry within their respective tribes (Num 36,6-9). This would be particularly true in Mary's case; God would have chosen someone to be the mother of His Son whose lineage complemented Israel's marriage laws. However, this extends the irony, literally giving Jesus priestly blood through Mary, befitting His role as the Great High Priest (Heb 10-7), instead of Davidic royalty through Joseph. Nevertheless, we see Him in Heb 7,11-14 as coming from the house of Judah. Therefore, it seems to say that Jesus, our Great High Priest, came in the Order of  Melchizedek - on the basis of "an indestructible life" and not as the Levitical priesthood required.  This and other passages indicate that Jesus clearly descended from Judah legally through Joseph, biologically through Mary and literally through Almighty God.

Lk 2,1-5

(87k) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Obey authorities – There was no point in taking a census in places on the earth where nobody lived, because they already knew how many people lived there… nobody. The inhabited earth was the known world at the time; for had they known any other habitable places, they would have lived there. The fact that Caesar ordered a census of the inhabited earth was essentially polling his entire kingdom, meaning that Rome controlled the whole world during the time of Christ. Jesus, who would become king of the inhabited earth during the Millennium, was born into a world empire. He disallowed his kingship to infringe on Caesar’s kingdom, but at His second coming, He will find Rome in control of the inhabited earth as it was when He was born into it, but this time He will impose His kingship on the Roman empire to establish His millennial reign in its place that will extend into eternity. The Bible teaches that the millennium is the beginning of eternity, in that after He creates the new heavens and the new earth, when His kingdom resumes, it will reflect many characteristics of His millennial kingdom, except that sin will be done-away and there will be no need to rule His kingdom with a rod of iron.

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5-8 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.

 

Lk 2,5-20

(39l) Judgment >> The essence of life defeated the essence of death – Satan was destined to fail at the very onset of Christ's birth. Being frightened by a little baby in swaddling clothes; the devil used King Herod to kill all the male children in Bethlehem two years old and under in an attempt to destroy the child (Mat 2-16). He knew he had a better chance of defeating Him as a baby than to let Him grow up and contend with Him as a man. Satan also knew that God was protecting the child, and that any efforts to destroy Him would invariably end in failure. So in his heart Satan knew that when Christ appeared in the flesh as the son of Mary, at that instant he was doomed! God sent His Son to the earth not only wrapped in swaddling clothes, but also in our sinful nature to fight a war between His perfect spirit and His fallible body (Heb 4-15). He appeared vulnerable to Satan, who rules the world through man's flesh, who has a running track record of deceiving the hearts of men at his own whimsical discretion. When he failed to trick Jesus during His temptations in the desert to use the power of God for His own selfish purposes, Satan deceived himself and killed Him anyway. God, through His eternal plan, lured Satan, the so-called master of deception, into the trap of his own deceit and tricked him through his own blinding hate to lay his hands on Christ, who never once bowed His knee to Satan's power. Jd-6 says, "Angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day." NASB When Satan reached out and touched the perfect Son of God, he crossed over a spiritual line; that is, he abandoned his proper abode (Jd-6) and interpolated his power where there was no sin, and thus forfeiting his position as guardian of the law of sin and death among those who would believe in Jesus’ sacrifice as atonement for their sin. Satan has only two modes of operation: deception and murder. When deception failed, he had only one weapon left. His initial rebellion in heaven caught up with him when his own darkness blinded his eyes to the consequences of approaching the cross of God's holy messiah, the apple of His eye. The substance of evil that invokes waywardness in the world died when he strayed from his own empire of darkness and touched the embodiment of life and righteousness, the antithesis of his own nature. 1Cor 1-25 says, "The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men." NASB Jesus in His greatest weakness not only overpowered the devil, but even beat him at his own game. (An excerpt from the book Temple of God Made without Hands)

Lk 2,8-16

(32a) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Grace >> God’s grace seeks man – The shepherds went with great joy, knowing they were chosen of God to witness this wonderful event and found the child laying in a manger just as the angels had told them, knowing before they set eyes on Him that this was an exceptional night and that what they were going to see was of great importance. Their story was recorded for all generations after them to read and rejoice with them in their moment, and it all began with the statement, “Do not be afraid.” If we can allay our fears, we too can go search for the Christ-child, who dwells in every believer and find Him peacefully resting and awaiting our attention that He may mature in us to adulthood that His ministry may begin in us to lead us into the glory of God and into His eternal purpose and will.


 

9-14 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."

 

Lk 2,9-11

(125e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy is the result of partaking of the Holy Spirit >> Joy of the revelation of Jesus Christ – The angel said, “Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people…” Where did that joy go? Look at the world today; it is in so much turmoil, and there are so few people serving the Lord. Have we become so sophisticated that we no longer need such a person as Jesus born in a manger. We want all the pomp and circumstances and to be materialistic; we want all the conveniences of life and to be comforted day and night. We want this world to give us everything we have, but Jesus came to give us something, and it doesn’t appear that we want what He offers.

Lk 2-9

(215j) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The Kingdom of Heaven appears suddenly >> Angels appear without warning -- This verse goes with verse 13

Lk 2-10

(23m) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of the unknown >> Fear the appearance of angels – This is the Christmas story when the angels appeared to the shepherds and told them to use the star to look for the child, and they went and found Him just as the angels said. The angels preceded their message with the words, “Do not be afraid.” The angels of God have evoked fear in everyone to whom they have appeared, but have always told them not be afraid. They do not want people to fear them, because fear is the tactic of Satan. If Satan can make us fear him, then he has us in the palm of his hand, and from there he can do whatever he wants to us. 1Pet 3-6 says, “You have become [Sarah's] children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear,” suggesting there are some things that simply invoke fear as a knee-reaction in our flesh, but we don’t need to be frightened by it. Don’t believe it; don’t listen to it. Of course we will feel fear because our bodies say we must, but we can train our minds through the Holy Spirit to agree with His word and resist the temptation to fear. Whenever an angel tells someone not to be afraid, they suddenly quit being afraid. Their encouragement calms our physiological reaction to fear, and studying the angel’s face, they notice there is no fear in him. When they see they have no fear, comparing that to his words not to be afraid, they realize their divine appointment is not a threatening situation. The appearance of the angel in contrast to his facial expression is fearful, but his expression in conjunction with his salutation is calming, allowing the angel to impart his message.

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Lk 2-12

(147f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Divine works of God >> Spiritual manifestations – The angels told the shepherds that the sign would be a woman given birth to a newborn son lying in a manger. The child was more than a sign; He was the very substance of their quarry, yet the angels had to tell them what to look for, or else they would have overlooked Him, just like so many people do today. The unbelief that is in the world today is so strong that most people would either build a religion around their angelic vision or else discount it altogether, blowing it off as an aberration or perhaps a spoonful too much of porridge. When the shepherds discovered Mary and Joseph and their son, it appeared that He was just another child born into the world, but the prominence of the Child was proven by the authority of angels. Nowadays, for angels to put people in pursuit of a quarry they would have to offer them a treasure map to a pot of gold; then they would go to the ends of the earth in search with every waking minute, but to look for a baby born in a barn, forget it. The fact that it is lying in a manger means that it was probably born to poor people, and why would they want to see a poor person’s baby? Now if it were born to royalty, they would find their way into a gated community and knock on the castle door in hope of gaining personal advantage, but what would they expect to gain from finding Jesus? The shepherds had faith in the angel’s message. You might say that if an angle appeared to anyone it would invoke faith, but not so. Angels have revealed themselves to worthless people, and their reaction was to desire relations with them (Sodom and Gomorrah; Genesis chapter 19). This was a great mystery the shepherds wanted to explore, knowing that when they found their treasure, they would not be disappointed.

Lk 2-13

(215j) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The Kingdom of Heaven appears suddenly >> Angels appear without warning -- This verse goes with verse 9

Lk 2-14

(38b) Judgment >> Blood of Jesus >> God judged man through the blood of His son – Looking back to the Old Testament it doesn’t appear that God was very pleased with mankind in that His solution to sin was always to destroy the offending nations. During the flood He destroyed all of mankind except a single family of eight people. Then He saw that the world was going the way of Noah’s day, and it was only a matter of time He would have to destroy the world again if He didn’t do something, so He raised up Israel as His mercenary nation which He used to smite the nations. The Bible speaks of the Nephilim in the days of Noah and in Israel's day living in their promise land prior to sending them in to cleanse their land from wickedness, indicating that the Nephilim are a sign of God’s impending judgment. The common interpretation of them is: the outcome of demons having sex with women, conceiving a child that matures to become the Nephilim, described as men of renown. They could also be the giants of the philistines. The land was covered in innocent blood and people worshipped demons to the point of having sex with them, so it is surprising to hear that God was pleased with mankind. What is the angel really saying here? God had to send His Son to die for the sins of the world; how then could he be pleased with man if we needed this in the first place? God was pleased with man as He viewed us through the cross. For those who would believe in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and receive His Holy Spirit as a pledge of their eternal inheritance, God said He was pleased with them. Therefore, when God said He was pleased, He meant He was pleased with those who would believe in His Son.


 

15-24 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. 17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them. 21 And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD "), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, "A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS."

 

Lk 2,15-20

(14l) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers fill in the gaps >> Messengers help in communications

Lk 2-19

(82f) Thy kingdom come >> Three elements of prayer >> Our approach >> Meditation -- This verse goes with verse 33

Lk 2,21-24 

(90d) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Law is our tutor >> It takes Jesus’ place until He arrives -- These verses go with verses 39,40. Every firstborn male that opened the womb was holy to the Lord for Jesus’ sake. When it was finally turn for Jesus to be firstborn through Mary, the law, which was given thousands of years earlier and millions of firstborn males preceding Him, made Jesus holy to the Lord in the eyes of all Israel in addition to being holy to the Lord as the son of man and as the Son of God.

Lk 2-21 

(190h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Circumcision >> Circumcision is a sign of obedience >> Circumcision is a sign of believing – They didn’t officially name the child until He was circumcised, suggesting that circumcision identified the child as an Israelite, and outside circumcision the child had no identity. This was the significance of circumcision to an Israelite. The New Testament teaches circumcision as the old covenant sign of faith (obedience); God commanded it of Abram, after which He renamed him Abraham. It was God’s pledge to Israel that they were His people and it was Israel's pledge to God that they would do all the works in the book of the law to perform them. He was circumcised first, and then they gave Him the name Jesus. He was of Hebrew origin and a child of Abraham of the house of David, the son of man according to his mother and the Son of God according to His Father, but the fact remains that Jesus had an identity before He was conceived in the womb, for the angel knew His name, Jesus. The moment the angel spoke that name in Mary’s ear He had an identity in His mother’s heart even before He was conceived. To Israel Jesus’ identity began at His circumcision, but to God He existed throughout eternity past. He was there before the beginning of all things and He will be there at the end of eternity. His identity will outlast His creation because of faith.

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Lk 2-22

(104f) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart shall see God >> Shall see the Father >> Being in the presence of God

 

25-33 And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 "Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31 Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, And the glory of Your people Israel." 33 And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.

 

Lk 2,25-34

(106f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> When He speaks and what He says – God sets us on a course where we must walk and live by faith in Him, and when we do, we reflect His nature. No other attribute of man makes us more like God than faith. It says that in the beginning God created man in His own image; people have questioned the meaning of this ever since. We have many attributes, but none of them render us in the image of God more than walking and living by faith. These are the works of God. Faith has significance in the mind of God that we probably don’t fully understand, and we probably never will. This is the kind of faith that we really don’t understand, but Simeon walked in it throughout his life. The Spirit was upon him, meaning he had an anointing to help him hope to see the Messiah with his own eyes. God had given him something to believe and the power to believe it, which finally manifested in his old age when he held the Messiah in his arms, the person for whom he had waited his whole life to touch, the anointing itself identifying the child in his heart. To the human eye there was not a single thing about Simeon that was significant, nor was he recognized for any notable achievements; he didn’t perform great signs; he didn’t remove mountains, but to the eyes of faith and in the mind of God and to the myriads of angels that reside around His throne Simeon was a man of greatness, because God spoke a word in His heart and Simeon believed Him. He held on to that word throughout His entire life, yet not a single thing was produced by all his efforts. The only physical benefit he received from a life of faith was to hold a baby in his arms, knowing He was Israel's Messiah and a recommendation in the gospel of Luke. That was it, nothing else. How many people would sacrifice their entire lives for so little benefit? Simeon is not mentioned in any other gospel, making it seem that a life of faith is hardly worth a short blurb, but in heaven Simeon’s reward will never end.

Lk 2-25,26

(109c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelations of the Holy Spirit >> Things revealed by the Spirit – It is likely that God spoke this word to Simeon when he was in his youth and made him wait his whole life until he became an old man before He would finally reveal to him the Lord’s Christ, and Simeon had the wisdom to understand that the Messiah might not be an adult. The anointing itself revealed to Him Jesus as an infant. How often do we miss the promise that God has for us because we are not walking in the wisdom of God and have consequently misinterpreted His word? We may be seeking the fulfillment of His word, but we also need the wisdom of God to know in what form His word may manifest. The fact that Simeon knew He was the savior also of the gentiles suggests he was a prophet. This was a major revelation that became Paul’s great revelation that he used to turn the world upside down (Eph 3,1-12; Act 17-6), only after Simeon knew of it decades earlier. 

Lk 2,27-33

(105k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit to the truth >> Spirit will lead you to Christ – Simeon was recorded in the Scriptures because of his great faith. There are people who have been chosen to do great exploits for God, and there are others like Simeon whose calling was merely to wait. Waiting sounds like a passive thing to do, but a cat waiting for the mouse to come from its hole is on the alert, and to be on the alert is an active role. Simeon was not passively waiting for the Kingdom of God but actively looking for the signs that would lead him to the understanding of this kingdom. This knowledge accumulated throughout his life after the Lord gave him a shard of truth in his youth and continued speaking to Him, adding to it little by little. By the time he was old he knew the signs of the coming age, knowing that his time was short. Throughout his life he listened for the word of God. There were those who spouted, making themselves sound important, but Simeon saw through them all. The implication of waiting for God refers to all the things they deny of themselves in the process of waiting for Him. It doesn’t count to exploit the passions and desires of our flesh as we wait for God. Waiting for God requires denial of our fleshly impulses that we might tune our ears to His voice. When we take a phone call, we don’t go into a noisy machine shop, but find a quiet room and close the door so we can hear the person on the other end of the line.

(106a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> God speaks in the darkness to shine the light – When Jesus was born, they took him into the temple to be circumcised, and Simeon was there to meet Him. The Lord told him to rendezvous in the temple and there he would meet the one he had been seeking his whole life, and he was not disappointed though Jesus was just a baby. He totally fulfilled all Simeon's hopes and dreams though he never heard a word from His mouth. Simeon was a man of prayer and a man of the word, having committed his life to God probably at an early age after the Lord revealed to Him the Kingdom of God in his youth and promised that it would come in his lifetime. There were no signs to be observed whether this particular baby was the King of Israel. All he received was a witness in his spirit that this baby was the Christ, and he had become so attuned to the Holy Spirit that there was simply no question in his mind about the child.

Lk 2,30-32

(117k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Light illumines your spirit

Lk 2-33

(82f) Thy kingdom come >> Three elements of prayer >> Our approach >> Meditation -- This verse goes with verse 51

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34-39 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed - 35 and a sword will pierce even your own soul -to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed." 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 38 At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth.

 

Lk 2-34,35

(199j) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Unwilling to receive Christ >> Rejecting Christ as the Messiah – Based on Simeon’s prophecy, it appeared that he knew Israel would not receive their Messiah. Routinely, the world rejects all messages from God, because the world belongs to Satan. Jesus called him the god of this world, because he has more control of the world than God does, and that is the way it has always been. The reason God allows this is that He is not interested in outright controlling people, but the devil doesn’t mind. He forces mankind to do his will through the corruption of their own flesh, whereas loyalty is the golden nugget of God’s good fortune. Man’s sinful flesh acts like a fulcrum; Satan puts a little pressure on one end of the lever, which puts tremendous pressure on the other end, where the human soul struggles, so that man has almost no choice but to obey his own flesh. Satan’s mind and man’s flesh are in perfect unity, so that whatever he is thinking will eventually be revealed. With the joy of bearing a Son who would become Savior of the world also came sorrow, not from anything Jesus did, but from Israel's rejection of Him. The sorrow was outside the person of Christ; Jesus Himself was pure joy, gladness and hope. Jesus is at the center of every issue of man that counts the most in this life and in eternity, as the fulcrum of Satan’s demise.

(229i) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus’ suffering >> The sin nature partakes of Jesus' suffering – This was a sobering summary of everything God spoke to Simeon about the Christ throughout his life. It was no reason to celebrate, but it was the truth. It didn’t sound like something a person would want to spend his whole life in waiting, but this was god's plan of redemption for mankind. Simeon understood God in all His ways, but he was alone in it, and there are some who understand God in our day, but they too stand alone. The masses who make grandiose claims about their faith are no closer in their estimation of God than Israel in Simeon's day. Had he been younger, he would have followed Jesus. He understood Messiah's purpose and ministry as one of the few that did, which was something that not even His twelve closest disciples could boast, until he rose from the dead. This ministry of Christ would be filled with pain and misery, not only for Himself but also for everyone who would believe in Him for eternal life.

(244j) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of God’s word >> His cross is the manifestation of truth – Jesus commands us to take up our cross and follow Him, whatever cross we have to bear. Whatever pain, misery and suffering that believing in Jesus causes, we are called to endure it. Simeon picked up his cross and followed Jesus before He was even born. Everybody else was waiting for a glorious kingdom to come; meanwhile Simeon stood alone, knowing what hardships the Christ would bring in the general nature of His ministry, that it would be gut-wrenching, costing people their lives throughout the centuries, but it would be filled with hope of eternal life. Our lives were given to us to sacrifice, that we may present to Him an offering to show Jesus our love, whose whole point to His ministry and teaching was that everybody who meets God for the first time should already know Him.

Lk 2-34

(201d) Denying Christ >> Jesus is an offense >> Truth offends error >> The word offends peoples’ sinful lifestyles 

Lk 2-35

(68l) Authority >> Discernment >> Judging truth and error >> Perceiving false reasoning – Simeon spoke this prophecy to Mary, the mother of Jesus, eight days after He was born, and he said figuratively that a sword would pierce her heart, and this happened as she stood in front of her son and watched Him bleed to death on a cross, tortured by the extreme flogging that He received and by the nails in His hands and feet and by the ill-will that mankind had for this perfect man. It was like shoving a sword into her heart. The cause of Jesus’ crucifixion, why they murdered Him, was because of the thoughts He knew of His enemies that He revealed to them. Nothing was hidden from Him; He told them everything that was in their hearts, and they hated Him for it. He brought their wickedness into the light, which is the number one thing that darkness hates the most. Jesus spoke many parables and great truths, but He spoke those things to His disciples. The only thing Jesus said to His enemies pertained to their darkness. He exposed them, and it earned Him a cross. Jesus was crucified because He was able to discern the thoughts of men.

Lk 2,36-38

(120l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Contentment >> Content with your way of life >> Content with remaining single

Lk 2-36,37

(100k) Thy kingdom come >> Devotion >> In your ministry to God >> Devoted to prayer – No one could determine in her own mind to live a life of devotion to this extent without the Holy Spirit motivating her. With God’s compelling spirit of anointing also comes His Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. This woman had the mind of God, who was willing to follow the Lord into a level of commitment to prayer that she could not have otherwise achieved in her own strength. Since God controlled her devotion, how much more did He control of the fruit that His divine unction produced? This woman was literally compelled by the Spirit to serve and worship God, being elected by Him to place his glory and power on her. She prophesied over the redemption of Jerusalem. She knew of the nature of redemption that God sent His Son to perform for the sake of Jerusalem and for all Israel and the world at large, but what kind of redemption was Israel seeking? They sought deliverance from Roman rule, but this woman knew God’s plan went far beyond physically redeeming Israel them from their natural enemies. God’s aim was to redeem the whole world from a spiritual enemy residing too close to the human soul to see it, so close to the human identity that they could not believe it. The world needed redemption from sin, in order to relate to God so He could deliver them in every other way. The sin problem in the way stops the entire process of redemption, and for this reason it was first on the list of things to conquer.

Lk 2-39,40

(90d) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Law is our tutor >> It takes Jesus’ place until He arrives -- These verses go with verses 21-24


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40-52 The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. 41 Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast; 43 and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, 44 but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. 46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. 48 When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You." 49 And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?" 50 But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them. 51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

 

Lk 2,40-52

(221a) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from man’s ignorance >> God hides from those who are not looking for Him -- These verses go with verses 1-20. Jesus used man’s willful ignorance in the things of God to hide in plain sight behind man’s spiritual blindness, skirting around His generation to fulfill the purpose of God until He ascended back to His Father. A blind spot exists at the center of our vision due to the absence of light-detecting photoreceptor cells at the center of the retina, and the brain automatically fills in the area to make it appear that we don’t have a blind spot. Jesus didn’t have to hide at all; He just lived a normal life and that is all it took to remain incognito. He was God in human flesh who didn’t have to disguise Himself, for God in heaven acts the same way that Jesus did on earth. The divinity of Christ was so subtle that not even His own brothers believed He was the Christ. They didn’t recognize anything about Him that was particularly unusual; He was just a good brother to them. The word that summarizes Jesus before His ministry is unassuming, and for this reason He was overlooked; Even His own parents overlooked Him at times. Likewise, if we don’t brag about our gifts, no one will ever notice them, because nobody is looking for them. When He entered His ministry, even then He didn’t brag, but He did put His gifts on display. Jesus may have been unassuming, yet He is sitting on His Father’s throne at the right-hand of His power, on a panicle that cannot be overlooked. An unassuming man on His Father’s throne is a person we can trust with the power of God, as one we can rightfully worship, except that most people’s sinful flesh won’t let them, yet they are happy to worship antichrists. The disciple, James, was the first one to be martyred, thrust through with a sword by King Herod’s men, and then shortly after the king died of worms subsequent to receiving the glory of man, once being called a god. Mankind is more willing to recognize a godless sinner than to recognize God in human flesh in the man Christ Jesus.

Lk 2-40

(89i) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Increasing in wisdom -- This verse goes with verse 52. Jesus, prior to His ministry, wasn’t that different from Simeon and the prophetess women, for the grace of God was upon them too, but those similarities disappeared the day He entered His ministry. The level of anointing that God was prepared to bestow on His Son was a function of two qualities: His sinless life and His willingness to obey His Father. These characteristics qualified Him for the fullness of the anointing that was so strong it would have killed anyone else, but if we could hold it in our hearts, it was the power to raise the dead. God the Father laid upon Him the full breadth of the anointing, laying it upon a platform of zeal that was willing only to use the glory of God for His Father’s purposes.

(137g) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing in Jesus is hard work >> Maturity is the process of growing -- This verse goes with verse 52

(229b) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Growing In Numbers Corresponds With Spiritual Growth >> Kingdom grows in strength

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Lk 2,41-52

(12n) Servant >> Jesus serves mankind >> Jesus is the son of man – There are so many reasons God sent His Son to be clothed in our skin. The contrast between heaven and this world must have been intense, and there must have been persecution throughout His life, also by contrast between Himself and this world. When people wanted Him to compromise, Jesus stayed strong, and when He was tempted, He resisted. When He was making all the right decisions, He found Himself alone, though He was completely undetected by His friends and relatives in His hometown as the son of man. None of them ever suspected that He would be the Messiah, so He blended into humanity, only because they weren’t looking. They never stopped to be amazed at this boy, this teenager, this young man and this adult, who always chose to do the right thing. He was no doubt considered a good son, but that was the extent of it. To hold this secret, being Israel’s Messiah and the very Son of God from the age of accountability, probably when the Father revealed it to Him, He held that secret in His heart all those years and never fell to temptation to take advantage of it or to brag about it.

(223j) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the train >> Miss the invitation from God

Lk 2-43,44

(178b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Presuming the facts about the circumstances >> Presumption is not founded on facts – Jesus didn’t leave them; they left Him. He didn’t even acknowledge the fact that they left Him, because in His mind it was a non-issue, addressing only the fact that the temple was the last place they looked. ‘Why wouldn’t you come here first?’ as though saying, ‘Don’t you know the first thing about me yet? After all the things you have seen and heard about Me, after discovering that I was not in the caravan, why wouldn’t you come back and go straight to the temple first and look for Me there?’ He didn’t bring up any other fault, suggesting it was the only one that mattered. There was no anxiety in Jesus; at the age of twelve it didn’t seem to bother Him that for three days He was on his own. He was happy to be anywhere His Father wanted Him at any given moment. 

Lk 2-46,47

(62d) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Being clever >> Answer with wisdom

(112a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Wisdom of the spirit – How much time did Jesus spend reading the Bible? The Bible says that Jesus was the word of God. Didn’t He need to read the Bible in order to know what it said? Unlike anyone else, Jesus Christ was a vessel of God’s word to be filled, so when He read the Scriptures it found a perfect home in the mind of Christ. When Jesus spoke to the teachers in the temple, could we say that He knew the word of God better than they? Did He commit more Scriptures to memory than they and could recite verbatim more verses from memory? It is possible that He knew the Scriptures better than anyone else, but He was not a monk; later He became a carpenter, suggesting that he devoted Himself to things other than the Scriptures. Later, when He began His ministry, what made Jesus standout as the word of God in human flesh was not just the knowledge of Scripture, but His understanding of it. Jesus may have been talking to teachers in the temple that could quote verbatim more passages of Scripture than He, but Jesus could ask the person quoting the Scripture what it meant, and he would not have known like Jesus knew. The thing about Jesus was, He didn’t have just another interpretation of the Bible; rather, His understanding of Scripture was the truth, and His truth amazed the teachers.

Lk 2,48-50

(18f) Sin >> False Judgment lacks evidence >> Accusing God

Lk 2-49

(142f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Having a good reputation >> Jesus’ reputation Most Bible scholars claim that we cannot know much about Jesus when He was a boy, yet to the degree that He knew and understood the Scriptures should answer that question. He spent just about every free minute studying the Scriptures in the local synagogue, which was the Jewish version of church, from the time He was able to read until His ministry. He also played like all children; He was a healthy, active person all His life. He became so well acquainted with the Scriptures that when conversing with the Pharisees and Scribes and Sadducees and chief priests He blew their minds even at a young age. Someone might say that His ability came from the fact that He was the embodiment of God’s Word; true enough, but He also limited Himself when He took on human flesh. He wasn’t born with this knowledge, nor did He acquire it because He was God; rather, He acquired it in the same way that we acquire knowledge, through old-fashioned hard word and rigorous study. A dead giveaway of this is to remember the answer that Jesus gave to His mother when they went looking for Him.

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Lk 2-51

(82f) Thy kingdom come >> Three elements of prayer >> Our approach >> Meditation -- This verse goes with verse 19

Lk 2-52

(89i) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Increasing in wisdom -- This verse goes with verse 40

(137g) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing in Jesus is hard work >> Maturity is the process of growing -- This verse goes with verse 40

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