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About Eddie

I am a Christian. I am married to my lovely wife, Kay, for over 40 years. I have enjoyed growing old with her, and look forward to a few more years, if our Lord permits. I am also a father of two daughters, both are married to two wonderful men. My eldest daughter has two children-a girl and a boy, so I am also a grandfather! God has been so kind to let me see both of my daughters fulfilling their dreams while they follow Jesus. I retired from a telecommunications company in 2002, and have never looked back. I have found retirement much more fulfilling than living by another man's schedule. I enjoy studying the Scriptures, reading a good book, blogging, and discussing my faith with folks over the internet who like to discuss matters concerning Jesus. I am also a Sunday school teacher, and have been for over 15 years.

Simeon and Jesus

SimeonLuke tells us of a man named Simeon, who came into the Temple by the leading of God’s Spirit (Luke 2:25, 27). The Scripture implies he was already there when Joseph and Mary came in with Jesus (Luke 2:27). What is significant about Simeon, according to Luke, is that he was just a (righteous) man and devout (cautious and religious, pious). The Holy Spirit was upon him, and he waited for the consolation of Israel—i.e. he anticipated the fulfillment of the 70 Weeks Prophecy, which predicted the coming of the Messiah near the time of Jesus’ birth. What the Holy Spirit revealed to him was that he wouldn’t die until he met the Messiah (Luke 2:26). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Birth and Mary’s Purification

Mary's Purification

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Before returning to Nazareth three ceremonies were performed relating to Jesus’ birth. They included his circumcision and his presentation in the Temple, concerning which I have written a few words in earlier posts. The third ceremony concerned the ritual of purification that Mary had to undergo according to the Law after the birth of her firstborn. Each ceremony had some significance in Jewish society, and each of the rituals tell a story about human life and how that life relates to God. Luke paints a picture of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, and how he was introduced into Jewish society, and what that would mean in terms of God’s relationship to mankind. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Right to the Priesthood

Presentation in the Temple

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In my previous study I looked at the ceremony of circumcision, which Jesus underwent when he was eight days old. The second ceremony which involved Jesus immediately after his birth was his presentation in the Temple, which was to occur when he was a month old (Numbers 18:16). The ceremony was important because Jesus was Mary’s firstborn, and every firstborn male that opened the womb was holy to the Lord and had to be redeemed for five shekels, because the Levites were chosen instead of them to be the priests of the Temple (Luke 2:22-23; cf. Exodus 13:2; Numbers 8:13-18; 3:48-51). However, it seems that when Jesus was presented before the Lord, he was not redeemed! That is, no sacrifice was offered according to the Law; therefore, he remained the Lord’s priest! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Circumcision

CircumcisionWhen he was eight days old, Jesus underwent the ceremony of circumcision (Luke 2:21). The ritual was first instituted in the days of Abraham (Genesis 17:9-14) and was commanded by God (Genesis 17:10). Its purpose was to define who was related to God as far as the promises were concerned. Those who were circumcised were called the people of God, while those who were not were cut off from God’s people and rejected. That is, the promises wouldn’t apply to them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Searching for Jesus

Searching for Jesus

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After verifying the angel’s sign, the shepherds first reaction was that they immediately made it known to others, presumably those in the synagogue / inn (Luke 2:16-20). While everyone else simply marveled over what they heard, Mary pondered in her heart what she was told. It is interesting how the shepherd’s reaction contrasts with that of the chief priests and scribes in Matthew’s account (Matthew 2:1-6). The shepherds immediately looked to verify what they were told and glorified God by spreading the good news, but the priests, although they told others where they might find the Messiah, they didn’t look for him, themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Our Guide to the Way of Peace

Way of Peace - 1

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A company of angels appeared to the shepherds and they praised God saying: “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace and goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:14). I am not certain how many translators make the angels’ testimony more exclusive—for example: “peace among men with whom He is well pleased,” or “peace on earth among men who are pleasing to God,” or “peace to men of good will,” but the many translations I have (60 to 70) are about evenly divided. About 50% offer a blessing upon all men and about 50% make it more exclusive, implying that God couldn’t offer peace and good will to evil men. What’s the real story and can we know? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Sign

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Swaddling Clothes (from Google Images)

In Luke 2:12 the angel gave the shepherds a sign: Jesus would be “wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” I can see how lying in a manger might be a sign. After all, how many mothers would use a manger for her newborn’s crib? However, how could swaddling clothes be a sign, if just about every newborn Jewish babe was wrapped in swaddling clothes, until it was about a year old? I believe the manger was a near sign to the shepherds, but swaddling clothes was a deeper sign to folks with a deeper Scriptural understanding. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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