Three Important Witnesses and Other Interesting Fact Surrounding the Birth of Christ. Part 1. Luke 1-2.
December 16, 2020
Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin Wednesday December 16, 2020
Pastor Rick Kabrick Three Important Witnesses and Other Interesting Fact Surrounding the Birth of Christ. Luke 1-2
Jesus is from the house of David, HE had to be to be the king of David’s promised kingdom. The Davidic Covenant. Jesus had to have that bloodline which came through Mary. Joseph covered the legal side of the requirement of Kingship in Israel.
Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
But the LORD heard their prayers and in HIS perfect timing for HIS Glory HE would and will answer the prayers of the GODly.
Yet he perhaps is much like us. He was still in the natural world and for a moment, like so many of us he leaves the spiritual life and rush back to the natural and ask the obvious question in the flesh:
How dare you question me! And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens (the day of the birth of your son), because you did not believe my words,(there is the reason) which will come true at their proper time.”
Remember 3 Priests went in to do their duty then 2 would leave and only One Priest would go into the Holy of Holies and then only once a year.
LUK 1:22-23, They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak. When his time of service was completed, he returned home. After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
So Elizabeth said, “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”
The Greek word here is Iesous and that is translated from the Hebrew word ye ho shu ah which means Salvation where we get Yeshuah and Yehovah. So that’s where we get the name Jesus from.
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” I love Mary’s question, how can this be, since I do not know a man? She had not had sex. So, Mary’s question was logical.
The word overshadow means to cover with a cloud. This cloud was a visible manifestation of the glory and presence of GOD. Exactly what Mary experienced we don’t know.
That’s all Mary needed to hear. She was fully onboard. 38, “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
Remember also that Elizabeth was much older a then Mary and Elizabeth was said to be a GODly woman. Her husband was a Priest, she knew the OT prophecies. Who I’m sure Elizabeth explain the prophecy that a virgin would bear the humanity of the LORD.
Keep in mind in ancient times this development was worthy of the woman being stoned to death. By this time the laws had changed and a decree of divorce would be granted and great tremendous shame would fall on the woman.
MAT 1:20 But when he had considered this, (as he was actually planning this out) behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
In those days at the time of especially the first birth friends family and local musicians gathered. When the birth was announced and it was a boy, the musicians would break into song, and there was a huge party. If it was a girl…
And then, in the LORD’s perfect timing, he would return to Judea and he and Jesus would meet one day on the banks of the Jordan River.
HEB 10:5, Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; That body would be the sacrifice.
So there is a census and a Jewish holiday and this holiday would be an excellent time to carry out the census. And Mary is ready to deliver the child, the whole area is packed with people and so the child is born.
MIC 4:8, As for you, watchtower of the flock (Hebrew Migdal Eder), stronghold of Daughter Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; the kingdom from the Hebrew root Malach(the King, the Messiah) will come to Jerusalem.”
When birthed, these newborn lambs are examined. I they are a male they further examined to ensure they are without flaw or blemish. EXO 12:5 lays out that requirement.
So, the males that are without blemish are wrapped with strips of old Priestly robes and then placed in a manger. This is to ensure they don’t get stepped on or injured during those first few hours of life.