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2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree
from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.(not
because they needed the money; it was a thing showing subservience,
showing that all were slaves to the Roman Empire).
2:2,3 And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of
Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth
into Judaea unto the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he
was of the house and lineage of David,
2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
2:6,7 And so it was that, while they were there the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son and
wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there
was no room for them in the inn.
2:8-10 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the
field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo,
the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round
about them and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear
not, for behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour.(He
already was a savior and that before He was physically on the Earth. How
could this be?.2Timothy
1:9), which is Christ the Lord.
2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you You shall find the babe wrapped
in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.
2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly
host praising God and saying,
2:14 Glory to God in the highest.(the
what?) and on earth peace, good will toward.(original
for 'toward' is 'in' or 'among').men..(Christ
was to bring, among other things, the
spiritual substance that produces higher quality consciousness in
2:15,16 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them
into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto
Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord has
made known unto us. And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph
and the babe lying in a manger.
2:17-20 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying
which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered
at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all
these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and
seen, as it was told unto them.
2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of
the child, his name was called Emmanuel,
which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
2:22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of
Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him
to the Lord.
2:23,24 As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens
the womb shall be called holy to the Lord. And to offer a sacrifice.(various
physical sacrifices were extant
until they were abolished
once Emmanuel's purpose was fulfilled:.John
17:4; Hebrews 10:1-10).according
to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves or
two young pigeons.
2:25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon
and the same man was just
waiting for the consolation of Israel. And the Holy Ghost was upon him.
2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should
not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
what way this was done we are not informed. Sometimes a revelation was
made by a dream, at others by a voice.(*).and
at others by silent suggestion.(such
as, a strong knowing). All we know of this
is that it was by the Holy Ghost."
2:27-29 And he came by the Spirit.(the
spirit prompted him to go to the temple).into
the temple and when the parents brought in the child Emmanuel,
to do for him after the custom of the law.(verse
24; the Old Testament Mosaic Law was still in effect at this time; not
taken away yet), then took he Emmanuel up in his arms and
blessed God and said, Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according
to your word.
2:30 For mine eyes have seen your salvation.(Acts
2:31 Which you have prepared before the face of all people.(God
engineered Christ's coming so that all people could benefit:.1John
2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.
2:35 Yea, a sword shall pierce through your own soul also that the
thoughts of many hearts may be revealed..(Hebrews
2:36-38 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel,
of the tribe of Aser.(Anna
& her father Phanuel were characters in Old Testament times; their
story is related here by Luke
who wrote this book of Luke). She was of a great age and
had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a
widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple,
but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming
in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord and spake of him to
all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Anna was a
holy woman who, from her extensive knowledge and deep experience in Divine
things, was capable
of instructing others:.1Corinthians
14:3. We find this holy widow proclaiming
Emmanuel's life and purpose to all who were open-minded
it in Jerusalem:.John
18:37. Anna had God's holy nature
before that nature was generally
given at the first day of what's called Pentecost,
in the New Testament era.
true of others in the Old Testament as well. Meditation
with prayer brings into a person the love of God, no
matter what age they may be in, the age of the Old
Testament or the age of the New
2:39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of
the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
2:40 And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom.
And the grace of God was upon him.
2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the
2:42-45 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem
after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as
they returned, the child Emmanuel
tarried behind in Jerusalem and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But
they, supposing him to have been in the company.(with
some of the other folks in the group they went with), went
a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking
2:46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the
temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them and asking
2:47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and
2:48-50 And when they saw him, they were amazed and his mother said
unto him, Son, why have you thus dealt with us? behold, your father and
I have sought you sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that you
sought me? wist you not.(or,
'were you not aware').that I
must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying
which he spake unto them.
2:51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth
and was subject unto them, but his mother kept all these sayings in her
2:52 And Emmanuel increased in wisdom
grew up; matured).and
is 'grace' which means favor:
the Creator likes you and increasingly so).with
developed a greater consciousness of His Father).and
learned people skills).