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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Personal Time with Jesus - Day 9

Covenant and Redemption

Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived. Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. The law of the Lord says, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the Lord.” So they offered the sacrifice required in the law of the Lord—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” -Luke 2:21-24

Again in this passage we are reminded how amazing our God is that he would have Jesus be born to "normal" people who would obey the Jew laws and follow the rituals that were done at that time even tough those rituals were ultimately be the events that would be done as representation of Jesus. Circumcision was done as a sign of the covenant between God and that person, the rite of redemption was done as a reminder that the Lord brought us out of Egypt, and the rite of purification was done to offer a sacrifice of a lamb or two doves to symbolize that the child is given up to the Lord to redeem him/her from all wickedness and purify him. When you think about exactly what Mary and Joseph did, it was really just all part of joining the Old Testament promises with the New Testament fulfillment.

Join me daily as I journey through Beth Moore's Jesus: 90 Days with the One and Only.

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