Tradition also has it that Philipâs four daughters, who were prophetesses, were extremely well-informed about the birth, life and death of Jesus. So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Go To Gospel of Luke's Index. Title: As with the other 3 gospels, the title is derived from the author’s name. Third, he brought vast sums of money from Egypt to pay the soldiers and to help the Roman economy. So how does one get a young couple from Nazareth down to Bethlehem when they might not be inclined to travel? Historical Books a. But he chose to suffer ridicule by trusting God, and he chose to risk his own reputation by loving Mary. A decree went out from Caesar Augustus: The story of Jesus’ birth began during the reign of one of the most remarkable men of ancient history. 2:11 It is to shepherds, and only to shepherds, that the announcement is made that the Messiah is born. I have lived long enough, I have my life; The only place where there was room for him was on a cross.” (Barclay). 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. Rome was full of men who had lost their economic footing and then their moral stability: soldiers who had tasted adventure and had learned to kill; citizens who had seen their savings consumed in the taxes and inflation of war and waited vacuously for some returning tide to life them back to affluence; women dizzy with freedom, multiplying divorces, abortions, and adulteries.” (Durant). For the fall and rising of many: This would be shown in the way that Peter repented, but Judas despaired; in that one thief blasphemed, the other believed. Matthewâs gospel helps shed light on Josephâs dilemma (Matt. b. ii. Note Simeonâs responses to meeting Jesus. All those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds: The shepherd’s good news amazed all who heard it. The Old Testament Even the pagans of the first century world sensed this need for peace and a savior. i. Download this .docx file and use the “Personal Books” feature to include it in your Logos Library [ DOCX ], Discipler's Blank Outline for Ch. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth: Growing up in Nazareth, Jesus would mature in boyhood and then in His young adulthood. Pentateuch Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.” The same principle applied towards Caesar Augustus; whatever power he had was given power, given from God. Luke-Acts Prophets As Matthew states, his instinct was to âsend her away secretly.â Being engaged was as legally binding as marriage, and therefore Joseph had the legal right to break the covenant as well as the relationship. Note how Luke describes Jesusâ childhood, and whether or not he records that Jesus worked miracles as a child, as the Gnostic gospels claim. Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. There is also no indication they traveled alone; they may have been part of a caravan of fellow travelers. (Luk 2:4-7) Joseph and Mary come to Bethlehem; Jesus is born. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. (Luk 2:8) Shepherds watch over their flocks. If one desires to know what âquestionsâ Jesus was asking, one need look no further than the substance of His teaching throughout the gospels. However, in Jesusâ case, according to the instruction from the angel Gabriel, Jesus is given His name âbeforeâ His circumcision. Return to Chapter 1 ••• Bottom of Page ••• Continue to Chapter 3. “The narrative runs as if Mary did these things herself, whence the patristic inference of a painless birth.” (Bruce) “That Mary wrapped the child herself points to a lonely birth.” (Morris). The point here is that God is in charge of rulers and kings (Isa. This is not “once upon a time.” These are not fanciful stories of Zeus and Apollo on Mount … These men may have also protected and cared for the lambs used in temple sacrifice. d. A sword will pierce through your own soul also: It was important for Mary to know that mothering the Messiah would not be all sweetness and light. Note particularly the humble circumstances of His birth. What does it mean to find âfavorâ with God? (Luk 2:3) The world responds to the command of Caesar Augustus. They made widely know the saying which was told them concerning this Child: The combination of the angelic announcement and the sign of a child in a feeding trough inspired the shepherds to tell as many as they could of what they heard and experienced. Johannine Writings (Luk 2:21-24) The circumcision and presentation of Jesus. What is the great lesson her life teaches? This is another way of saying that He honored His father and mother, which in itself is another way of saying He loved them. It is a foreshadowing of things to come. Just work through the political “savior of the world,” and use him as a pawn in your plan. Cæsar Augustus--the first of the Roman emperors. “It is possible that he used the emperor’s order as a means of removing Mary from possible gossip and emotional stress in her own village. God works through all kinds of people and all kinds of events to accomplish His plan. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Jesus was not born a superman. Major Prophets 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. The Gospels Within a year Caesar was murdered, and Octavian joined with two others – Mark Antony and Lepidus – in splitting the domination of Rome three ways. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! Wisdom Literature He does ordinary things in extraordinary ways.” (Morrison). 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. God had promised that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), and that promised would be fulfilled. In John 19:10-11, Jesus confronted another Roman who believed he was powerful. a. Anna, a prophetess: We don’t know in what capacity Anna was a prophetess. i. The Gospels Luke 2:1-7. b. Mary had good reason to meditate.