Friday, December 16, 2005

Connect & observe - Lk. 2:41-52


2:41 - "Passover"
"Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night. You shall sacrifice the Passover to the LORD your God from the flock and the herd, in the place where the LORD chooses to establish His name. You shall not eat leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat with it unleavened bread, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), so that you may remember all the days of your life the day when you came out of the land of Egypt. For seven days no leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory, and none of the flesh which you sacrifice on the evening of the first day shall remain overnight until morning. You are not allowed to sacrifice the Passover in any of your towns which the LORD your God is giving you; but at the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name, you shall sacrifice the Passover in the evening at sunset, at the time that you came out of Egypt." (Deut. 16:1-6)

1. Once again, this family's obedience to God is stressed, both at the start (vs.41-42) and at the end (vs.51-52) of this section.

2. How could Jesus be missed by his parents for a full day while traveling? Think of a caravan of people traveling together, many of them being kin from the same hometown and area.

3. This (vs.47-48) is the just one of many occasions where the Gospels record some word "astonishment" on the part of people when they see Jesus teaching or doing something (cf. Matt.7:28; 13:54; 22:33 / Mk.1:22; 6:2; 11:18 / Lk.4:32 / Jn. 7:15, etc.).

4. Even Jesus' mother has trouble understanding Jesus in his youth (vs.50). Luke will stress this theme of misunderstanding throughout both volumes of his work (Luke-Acts). Jesus and his followers are continually misunderstood by those around them.

5. Luke has already noted (2:19) how Mary treasured some things in her heart regarding her son, Jesus (vs.51). Precious memories. It's as if Luke is saying, "I got the story I'm telling you here straight from Mary, that's how I know these things."

6. The statement about Jesus' growth (vs.52) is similar to the one Luke made regarding Jesus' cousin, John the Baptist (1:80).