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Childhood of Christ - by Michael Phillips
Study in Luke - Part 6 of 94
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Luke 2:21-52
Feb 10, 2002 am - Childhood Today, with God's help, we'll continue our study of Luke's Gospel. Last time, we looked at the birth of our Lord and the wonderful things that surrounded it. Now, we'll have a look at the first twelve years of His life. The record, of course, is not complete, but we have everything we need to know. What we have is three short stories that sum up the Lord's childhood and anticipate the kind of man He will become. The stories are three, but they ought to be read together because they make one single point. We'll get to that in a few minutes-Lord willing-but first the stories. THE CIRCUMCISION The first story takes place when the Lord is eight days old. At that time, in obedience to the Law of God, He is taken to the synagogue and circumcised by the local rabbi. He's also named that day. Months before, the angel said His name must be Jesus, and so it is. From reading Matthew's Gospel, we find out why He must have that name, because it means, "He will save His people from their sins". In time, He'll do just that. But Luke makes no mention of this because He's got another point to make with the story. THE PRESENTATION The next story takes place about five weeks later. The ... More >>>

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