One man, one Roman man, can (as long as he is Caesar Augustus) issue an order and throw the world into motion. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. He appears next to a young Jewish woman who is courageous enough to talk back to an angel, courageous enough also to accept an untimely pregnancy even though it could result in an honor killing. But the angel says that the baby is born “to you.” Interpreters often leap ahead to the idea that it is the “savior” who is born “to you.” That works fine, but the storyteller emphasizes the birth, not the soteriology at this point. The good news is the news of a birth, and the baby is born to a family. That’s why it is important to note that, although the NRSV translates the place where there was no room (kataluma) as “inn” in 2:7, we should read the word differently. There is even more going on. With family. All the world jumps and runs to be enrolled. The second lesson for today, from Titus 3:4-7, is closely related to the second lesson appointed for Christmas Eve (Titus 2:11-14). That’s how life is in the outlying provinces, where order is maintained at any cost, and tribute is exacted for the good of the Roman home provinces. The angel says that a baby is born “to you.” The angel could just as easily have said that a baby was born to Mary, or (if that were too anachronistically individualistic), the angel could have said that the baby was born to the family of David. They have the word of an army of angels, singing in the night, so they report that. This is what mothers do. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. Luke’s story starts, not in Caesar’s palace screaming with military trumpets, but in the Temple, in the Holy of Holies, that quiet, dark, Jewish place at the symbolic center of the Jerusalem Temple (and thus the center of the entire universe). Gabriel is not done. Salem Media Group. Proud member Sanhedrin, fol. The purpose of this census was so that taxes could be collected from all the conquered peoples of the empire. Why does Mary accept this hazardous mission? When they arrive, they participate in the family ritual of forecasting the future artistic and intellectual accomplishments of the baby, only they have more to go on than most visitors. a. The wedding metaphor that sets up our passage in Isaiah 62 is probably the reason it was chosen to serve as a Christmas text. All rights reserved. Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days When John the Baptist was born, and Christ was conceived, and his mother pregnant with him, and the time of his birth drew on. THE BIRTHS OF JOHN AND JESUS. They are not limited to noticing that he looks just like Uncle Oscar or has a pianist’s hands. (Read Luke 2:21-24) Our Lord Jesus was not born in sin, and did not need that mortification of a corrupt nature, or that renewal unto holiness, which were signified by circumcision. More importantly, this means that Jesus, identified by Gabriel as the one who will be given the throne of “his father, David,” is also of the family of Aaron. That is what family does. Something interesting happens next. Read also verse 21, because in that verse Jesus’ family names him and circumcises him. This ordinance was, in his case, a pledge of his future perfect obedience to the whole law, in the midst of sufferings and temptations, even unto death for us. And since priestly families appear to have been endogamous (marrying only within the clan), this raises the possibility that Joseph, too, is an Aaronide, a relative of priests. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information.

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