Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Connection & observation - Lk. 2:8-20

vs.12 - "this will be a sign to you""Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)
1. Shepherds ranked very low on the social scale in their culture and yet they are the ones to whom God first announced the birth of Jesus.

2. "And the glory of the Lord appeared around them." (vs.9) This is the shekinah glory referenced on occasion in the OT in regard to God's presence.

3. "Joy (vs.10) continues to be a word that Luke repeats (1:14,44,58).

4. This is Luke's first use of the word "Savior" in reference to Jesus (vs.11), although he has used the word "salvation" already several times (1:69,71,77) and has referred to God (the Father) as "Savior" (1:47).

5. The same words for what the angels did and called on people to do ("praising God" and "glory") are the words used to describe what the shepherds did (2:13b-14a,20).

6. Luke has consistently pointed out, virtually in every section thus far in his Gospel, how whatever happened was a part of God's will and arranging and that the events that took place happened just as they were supposed to happen (vs.20). Luke has various ways of saying this, but the theme is consistent and obvious.