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Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional Thursday, February 2, 2023
Thursday, February 02, 2023 (Presentation of Christ in the Temple)
TOPIC: AN OBEDIENT FAMILY
TEXT: Luke 2:22-35
22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[a]), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[b]
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,** Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional Thursday, February 2, 2023
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Incase you missed yesterday devotional, read it here: Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional Wednesday, February 1, 2023.
The family Jesus was born into obeyed the commandments of God as given through Moses. According to verse 22 of our reading, Jesus was brought by His earthly parents to present Him in the temple after Mary’s days of purification for a male baby were over (Lev. 12:1-4). They offered a sacrifice as much as they could afford as required by law (v.24; Lev. 12:6-8). When Jesus was presented in the Temple, He was celebrated by Simeon, a celebration that gave birth to the Nunc Dimitis, used by the Church today. * Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional Thursday, February 2, 2023
When children are raised in a godly family, they are out in the society. A biblical example is Timothy whose Christian background was traced to his grandmother – Lois down to his mother – Eunice (2 Tim. 1:5). Another striking example is that of a Puritan Preacher in the 1700s – Jonathan Edward – whose godly family legacy produce a U.S. Vice-president, U.S. Senators, Governors, Mayors, Judges, Doctors, Professors, Military Officers, Lawyers, Clergymen and many College Graduates. What kind of family do you have? Humbly ask God for a blueprint to follow. Today’s children will become tomorrow’s leaders and what you plant in them today will be exhibited to the world tomorrow!
Prayer: Dear Father, may my family be one that will always obey you. Amen.