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The Firstborn

Luke 2:22-40 The law required that a male be circumcised on the eighth day. This was separate from being presented to the Lord.  The firstborn was sacred to the Lord and had to be redeemed.  This redemption was accomplished by offering a sacrifice in exchange for the life of the firstborn.  This redemption was required by God, because when God took the lives of all of the firstborn of Egypt, He spared the firstborn of Israel.  This requirement dated back to the Exodus, when God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The story of the 10 plagues and the crossing of the Red Sea are famous.  However, the continuing requirement that all of the firstborn of man and animals be dedicated to the Lord is not talked about as much. There were twelve tribes or families in Israel.  Each tribe descended from one of the twelve sons of Israel. After the Exodus the descendants of Levi, known as the Levites, were dedicated to God for service as substitutes for the firstborn of a

Jesus Is Born

Jesus Is Born — Luke 1 & 2 An angel appeared to a young virgin, an elderly couple was expecting a child, Cesar decided to call a census and shepherds were watching their flocks by night. Life went on as normal.  Men and women were getting married.  Shop keepers were opening and closing their stores every day.  Governors were governing.   What does divine intervention look like? What happens when God steps in to our lives? First, it is not noticed by many.   An angel appeared to Zechariah and told him his wife Elizabeth would have a child.  This was noticed by some.  First, there was a delay in Zechariah ’ s return from his service in the Holy place. Only one priest entered the Holy of Holies once a year and his activities while in the Holy of Holies were carefully prescribed. Any delay was cause for concern.  So, the people waited anxiously for Zechariah to come back out from his service in the Holy place. Then when he came out, he could not speak.  H

He Dwelt Among Us

God has spoken. He spoke to Abraham in visions, dreams, and even visited him in the form of a man. Moses was a man who grew up in ancient Egypt. He was educated by the Egyptians, but his people were slaves in Egypt. When he was 40 years old, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his own people.  Moses killed the Egyptian.  When Pharaoh heard about what Moses had done, Moses had to flee for his life. He ended up herding sheep in the wilderness for 40 years. At the end of those 40 years, God appeared to Moses in a burning bush. God spoke to Moses, and Moses was never the same. Moses was chosen by God to communicate God ’ s law to His people. As a result, Moses spent time on the mountain alone with God. God revealed a small part of His glory to Moses, and it was enough to cause Moses ’ face to shine so that others could not endure looking upon it. Hebrews 1:1 says, “ Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. ” [i] (NLT) Bu