Welcome To JPCE Spiritual Talk, and my first Christmas readings...To night's readings and commentary will come from Luke 2:1-20, and will tonight's reading will and with Psalm 96 as well as commentary...I want to take a moment and thank all family and friends as well new followers for giving a chance to share the Word of God!!!
Christ Born in the City of David
2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed [a]wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a [b]manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Witness of the Shepherds
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And [a]behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a [b]manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill[c] toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made [d]widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
-Earthy rulers accomplished The Will of God, well it's clear he uses them to do just that...The Census is what led to Christ being born in Bethlehem, the City of David according to Scriptures and by prophecy!!! This fulfilled the prophecy of Micah (Mic 5:1): Christ being registered in this fallen world it what gave birth to us being registered in the name of God!!!
-First born does not imply Mary had additional children, but does show that no child was born before Yeshua (Jesus): Christ is the firstborn over all creation, and is also the firstborn of the dead, reference (1 Corinthians 1:15, 18): Christ in swaddling clothes are also symbolizing death the burial wrappings, showing us that He had one purpose of His coming was to endure death, and conquering death by death...The manager fulfills Isaiah's prophecy found in Isaiah 1:3: "The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master's crib..."
-The Shepherds are "CHOSEN" to what, they were "CHOSEN" to hear the first announcement of Christ being Born in the City of David...The shepherds symbolize Christ good Shepherds, reference (John 10:11), the Shepherds were genuine people with simple faith unlike the religious leaders of their time!!!
-The First angel and it's message was to be confirmed by the multitude, this fulfills the Law by which every word is established by either 2 or 3 witnesses, reference (Dt 19:15): Christ coming to earth established our peace through Him means we are no longer estranged from the Lord or God, reference (Ephesians 2:14-16)...
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
3 Declare His glory among the [a]nations,
His wonders among all peoples 4 For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
6 Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary 7 Give[b] to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
8 [c]Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
9 Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the [d]nations, “The Lord reigns;
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be [e]moved;
He shall judge the peoples righteously.” 11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and [f]all its fullness;
12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice
13 before the Lord.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth.
PSALM 96 was a prophecy about building of the house after captivity, The house is the Church the true believer!!! This also includes Gentiles, that's because Gentiles were considered to be held captives by the demons...The Lord, meaning the Lord Jesus Christ our God, and through conquering death by death at the cross at His own free will freed all the captives heled down in their sins by the demons!!! All of us who were once the former captives of these demons flipped our cross from down to up, we became inverted now we see!!! He will come and again to judge both the living and the dead, he will judge this world and its gods in righteousness and truth!!! Psalm 96 was composed and sung by King David himself when he placed the ark of God in the tabernacle, reference (1 Chronicles 16)...The ark can be seen as a type of Mother of God with Christ in her womb, The Lord was conceived in Mary's womb at the Annunciation for our salvation, reference (Luke 1)...What a way to end this Christmas Eve evening!!!
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