Tonight at the bible study, we studied Matthew 2 and Luke 2 and discussed the events surrounding the birth of the Savior. Certainly His life right from the beginning were filled with miracles. I often wonder the feelings Mary and Joseph had as these events unfolded. Mary seemed to keep the sacred experiences close to her and ponder them in her heart. She sets a very good example of how we should reflect constantly and consistently of God’s hand in our life and ponder them in our heart. The faithfulness they showed as the guardians is inspiring. Every child is precious in the Creator’s sight and for these parents this child was watch over throughout His life so He could fulfill this mission for the Father of us all.
There journey began as they return to their native land to be counted for the Roman census. This is portrayed so nicely in the video below.
They were forced to find shelter in a lowly, humble manager to give birth and from that point on the witnesses begin to come and see. Heaven shouts for joy and announces the birth of the Messiah of the world.
Some two years later, holy men that were wise came seeking him. They know the scriptures, they bring gifts, and they follow the guiding light in the East to find Him, the Light of the world. They come to worship and witness the Son of their Living God.
The world begins to awaken that the Savior, the promised Messiah has been born, and King Herod issues a decree that every baby boy under 2 shall be killed. Zacharias and Elizabeth flee to the wilderness with John who was just six months older than Jesus. Joseph and Mary flee to Egypt with the Christ child. They would not return back home for many years.
I know God prepares a way for all of us to do what we have been commanded to do by Him. He opens doors with no handles, clears path that are impassable, and provides the way in the wildernesses of life. His Son is the way, His Son is the light, and His Son is the truth. He is our Father, our Creator, the Almighty of this universe and we are His most prized possession among all His creations in this universe.
Tonight we had a great turnout for the beginning of our bible study for the year. Our chapters of conversation were in Matthew 1 and Luke 1. We learned about Zacharias, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Mary. These four amazing people played a very important role in the birth of our Savior.
We started first by reading in Luke 1 about Zacharias. He was a priest and was charged to burn incense in the temple. One phrase that stood out to us was the angel declaring that his prayers have been heard and Elizabeth will bear a child in her old age. This is a great illustration of how God answers prayers in His own time and in His own way. Certainly Zacharias and Elizabeth wanted to have children much earlier in life, however, the Lord’s plan was for them to give birth and raise a son who would prepare the way for the Lord of earth to establish His kingdom upon the earth.
Secondly, Zacharias was punished for his unbelief by being struck dumb for at least nine months and eight days. In our lives, there is great consequences in not reaching our potential because our unbelief. The Lord saw fit to tie his tongue for a long time that he would be unable to utter one word. What blessings is our unbelief holding back from us to receiving. What blessing would come forth sooner in our life if we only believe that God can work miracles. What prayer have we stopped uttering because it hasn’t been brought to pass in our life yet because of our faith has wavered and turn to unbelief.
The same angel visited Mary but a different result happened. Mary, highly favored of the Lord, simply wondered how she was to conceive since she was not married. The angel explained how this was to be brought to pass and that nothing was impossible for God. View the video to see how she reacted to the angel’s declaration.
An Angel Declares to Mary She is With Child
The relationship between Elizabeth and Mary was quite moving as Mary went to visit her relative Elizabeth who was six months pregnant. The testimony Mary shared with Elizabeth about how God exalts the lowly and how they as commoners in society are playing such a major role in the salvation of men by giving birth to these two boys. You can real feel the emotion in this video.
Mary and Elizabeth Visiting With Each Other
Tonight helped me reaffirm that with God nothing is impossible and that He chooses the humble and lowly in heart to do His work and to bring about His purposes on this earth. God answers prayers and can change our lives so drastically with such swiftness that it appears miraculous and unbelievable to the world. He lives and He loves us. I know this to be true.
We are excited to announce our bible study for 2013 will begin Thursday, September 5th at 7pm. Come join us as we strengthen our faith and deepen our understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ by reading and discussing His teachings in the New Testament.