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 NLT
Even though this world was created by Jesus, he came to here and lived within the world's boundaries. His parents followed the requirements of the Old Testament law and had him circumcised. After Mary's 40-day wait of purification (Leviticus 12:1-4), she and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple where they went through the ceremony of dedication of the firstborn. Their offering of birds rather than a lamb indicates their status as poorer folks (Leviticus 12:8). Luke makes perfectly clear that the people out of whom the hope of all people came were poor, devout, obedient, and faithful. Still today, when people recognize they are not above God's call to obedience and when they are faithful, God works to bring salvation. This story is not about the power of the high and mighty of Jesus' day, but about poor devout folks who were faithful to the Almighty!
O God, Master of the universe and ruler of my heart, give me a heart of faithful obedience like I see in Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Mary. Help me raise up my children with examples of faithfulness and obedience. Banish arrogance and self-seeking, not only from my heart, but also from all in my influence for generations to come. Use us as a place to give birth to hope through your Son, in whose name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Galatians 4:4-5
- Matthew 5:17
- Philippians 2:5-8
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.