Luke 2

Luke 2: Birth of Jesus Christ

                In the days of Caesar Augustus, he commanded that everyone be taxed and return to their city of lineage to be taxed. Joseph and Mary returned to the City of Bethlehem, there May brought forth her first born son, and

“…wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lol, 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 sad unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:7-14)

Once the angels had gone away, the Shepherds all made haste to see the child, and they found Him lying in a manger. After eight days the child was circumcised and He was called, Jesus. There was a man named Simeon who was just and devout. The Holy Ghost told him that before he died he would see the Lord’s Christ. Upon seeing him, he was filled with joy and said; “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation.” (Luke 2:29-30)

A prophetess named Ana also came to proclaim of the greatest of Jesus. After they had performed all things in the Law of Moses they returned to the City of Nazareth where Jesus “…grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon him.” (Luke 2:40)

Every year Joseph and Mary would return to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover, Jesus being 12 years of age traveled with them, but stayed behind without His parents knowing. When the parents returned to Jerusalem they found Jesus sitting for three days in the temple; “…sitting in the midst of doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard of him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed; and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have south thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye no that I must be about my Father’s business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.” (Luke 2:46-50)

                Both Joseph and Mary were confused by this, of course Jesus was speaking of His Father’s business, not that of Joseph’s, but of Heavenly Father’s business. Jesus “…increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” (Luke 2:52)

2 Samuel 5-6

2 Samuel 5-6

Chapter 5: David: King of Jerusalem

Israel anoints David as king over all of Israel. The chapter tells us that David was 30 years old when he started his reign as king over Israel and that he reigned for 40 years! While he was in Hebron, David ruled over Judah for seven and a half years, and 33 years combined ruler over Israel and Judah. David goes into the land of Jerusalem and takes the stronghold of Zion, which is the same as the City of David. David builds up his city and even has other rulers send him people and materials to build himself a house. Because of all this David thought that the Lord must be with him, so he took more wives and had even more sons and daughters born to him.

The Philistines find out that David has become king and they are angered, so they come to battle against David. David inquires of the Lord as to whether he should attack, and the Lord comforts him, saying that he will deliver the Philistines into his hands. David smites the Philistines!

Chapter 6: The Ark of the Lord in the City of David

David gathers the best men of Israel (30,000 men in all) to go and get the Ark of the Covenant. They get the Ark and set it upon a new cart to be carried back from the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah. As they marched back with the Ark, David and the entire house of Israel played instruments of all kinds. Uzzah touches the Ark  (trying to steady it, because the oxen where shaking) and is killed by God for having touched it. Because of this David was displeased and it seemed like he was upset at God/fearing of God because he had killed Uzzah. So David didn’t want it placed in his city, so he sends it to the house of Obed-eom, where it rested for 3 months and while it was there, the family and whole house of Obed-eom was blessed.

David then has the Ark brought into the city of David and he dances before the Lord. This displeases Michal and causes then to be at a distance.

Joshua 19-20

Joshua 19-20

Chapter 19: Inheritances by Lot

Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and Dan receive their inheritances by lot.

This chapter outlines all of the land that each tribe received.

Chapter 20: Cities of Refuge for Manslaughter

Six cities of refuge are appointed for those who commit manslaughter. If a man kills another man by mistake or accident may flee to one of the appointed cities of refuge, so that the opposing party does not come looking for him to make revenge.