Bible Pathways - October 21, 2005
Read Luke 2
Jesus' birth; shepherds' adoration; Simeon's and Anna's prophecies; Jesus in the Temple; John the Baptist; baptism of Jesus; Jesus' genealogy
The Passover brought Mary and Joseph to
After finding Him in the
In this age of rebellion, many young people are not disciplined to be in subjection to their parents or to anyone else. Honoring and obeying God-ordained parental authority is the first Commandment with promise (Ephesians 6:2). Parents who are in submission to God have a responsibility to their children to spiritually train them — \-especially by personal example, through daily devotions, and by regular attendance in a Bible-teaching church on the Lord's Day. Pity the parents who rebel against restrictions which are placed on them on the job, at church, or in the community. Such people may even think they have a right to be independent of God-ordained authority, yet they still expect their children to be obedient to them and other authorities.
Let every soul (person) be subject unto the higher powers (governmental authorities). For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of (established by) God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation (condemnation) (Romans 13:1-2).
2:7 swaddling = folding Him in linen, implying special care; 2:46 doctors = the Rabbis who were the instructors in the Law; 3:1 tetrarch = ruler of a fourth part or one of four rulers of a country or province.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in memory of Kenneth Roy Roberts, Jr. · Staff: Karen Hawkins · Government Officials: Rep. Jerry Lewis (CA) and Rep. Patrick Tiberi (OH) · Country: Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) (19 million) an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern tip of India · Major languages: Sinhala and Tamil · Christianity suppressed · 67% Buddhist; 15% Hindu; 8% Roman Catholic; 7% Muslim; .75% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Pray and fast as you confess your sins and intercede for our nation (Nehemiah 1:4-6).
Memory Verse for the Week: Hebrews 3:13