Chapter 8 of Jesus the Christ...
Exodus 12:29; 13:2, 12; 22:29-30
Numbers 8:15-18; 18:15-16
Luke 2:25, 38
Too bad we women gave up or biblical right to rest for 40 days after childbirth. Maybe that's why so many women have postpartum depression. Just a thought.
Anna and Simeon waited for years to see Jesus. I wonder how they felt, when their waiting was over.
I remember when I first connected the dots concerning the wise men. Of course they were from Babylon, which is east of Bethlehem. Wise men or scholars keep records. They probably had the records of the Jews, who were captives in Babylon for a time.
As so many rulers throughout history, Herod was a usurper and always looking over his shoulder for the one who would take his power. While it is horrifying that he wanted to kill the prophesied Christ child, it is not surprising. Boys grow to men. Men seek power. He feared this boy would seize power sooner or later.
It seems most misunderstood the true mission of the Christ. He came to free the children of God from the bondage of sin, not the bondage of political leaders. Maybe I'm like those that wouldn't accept and refused to open their eyes to Jesus. Do I really accept His grace, His atoning sacrifice, and His perfect freedom?