“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Luke 2, “THE BIRTH OF JESUS (CHRIST),” cont’d

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“Because Of Who You Are,”  Vicki Yohe

“THE BIRTH OF JESUS (CHRIST),” cont’d, Luke 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.  2) (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)  Acts 5:37.  3) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.  4) And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)  Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:16.  5) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, Being Great With Child.  6) And so it was, that, while they were there, The Days Were Accomplished that she should be Delivered.  7) 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.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2, Augustus  was the Roman emperor from 31 B. C. to A.D 14.  Quirinius was the governor or administrator over a major census organized to facilitate the collection of taxes.  v3, 4, The registration took place at a person’s ancestral home (see 2 Samuel 24).   The journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem was about 90 miles, at least a three-day trip. v5, 6, his betrothed wife:  That Mary made the trip with Joseph suggests that they were already married.  However, the marriage had not yet been consummated (see Matthew 1:24, 25). 

Quest Study Bible – v1-2, “When Was Jesus Born?”  Perhaps a year or so before Herod the Great’s death in 4 B.C. (Matthew 2:19). The Actual Date Of Jesus’ Birth Was Not Discussed Until The Fourth Century, the delay leading to some uncertainty.  The Italian monk that devised the Christian calendar complicated matters by making a miscalculation.  Confusion also exists because the only census by Quirinius as yet found in other historical sources occurred too late (A.D. 6) to be the first one Luke mentions here.  v4, “The house and line of David,”  The Old Testament Prophets foretold that The Messiah Would Be A Descendant Of king David’s royal family (Isaiah 11:1; Ezekiel 37:24; Hosea 3;5).  Also see “How has David’s house and kingdom endured forever?”  (2 Samuel 7:16).  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-7, The Fullness Of Time Was Now Come, When God Would Send Forth His Son, Made Of A Woman, And Made Under The Law.  The Circumstances Of His Birth Were Very Mean (Poor, Meek And Humble).  Christ Was Born At An Inn; He Came Into The World To Sojourn Here For A While, As At An Inn, And To Teach Us To Do Likewise.  We Are Become By Sin Like An Outcast Infant, Helpless And Forlorn; And Such A One Was Christ.  He Well Knew How Unwilling We Are To Be Meanly Lodged, Clothed, Or Fed; How We Desire To Have Our Children Decorated And Indulged; How Apt The Poor Are To Envy The Rich, And How Prone The Rich To Disdain The Poor.  But When We By Faith View The Son Of God Being Made Man And Lying In A Manger, Our Vanity, Ambition, And Envy Are Checked.  We Cannot, With This Object Rightly Before Us, Seek Great Things For Ourselves Or Our Children.  Amen.     

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