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Ceremonies for Newborn Jews - Every Son
What ceremony did God command for newborn sons to become part of His family?
What was the purpose of this ceremony?
How important was it for a Jew to participate in this ceremony?
What kind of circumcision do the members of God's new covenant family have?
What kind of circumcision ceremony do we have?
How important is this ceremony for God's new chosen people?
What else happened at a normal Jewish circumcision that happens at a Christian baptism?
Ceremonies for Newborn Jews - Every Mother
What ceremony did God command for a mother to be purified from her uncleanness?
Were the instructions the same whether the child was a boy or a girl?
What was involved in the ceremony of purification?
What was the purpose of the burnt offering?
Leviticus 1:2, 13
What was the purpose of a sin offering?
Why was a sin offering needed after birth? Was it sinful to have children?
What if the family was poor and couldn't afford an expensive lamb?
Ceremonies for Newborn Jews - First-Born Sons
What claim did God make of every first-born?
Exodus 13:1-2, 11-12
What example did the Israelites have that showed the full meaning of this claim?
Did this mean that every first-born son was to be sacrificed?
What example did the Israelites have that showed the meaning of redemption?
What was the price for redeeming a first-born son?
Is it also important for God's new covenant people to be redeemed?
What is the price for our redemption?
Jesus' Perfect Obedience Begins Early (Luke 2:21-24)
Did Jesus' parents obey God's Law regarding circumcision of newborn sons?
Did Jesus' parents obey God's Law regarding purification of the mother?
Did Jesus' parents obey God's Law regarding consecrating and redeeming first-born sons?
What is Luke's point by including these verses?
Hebrews 4:15-16, 7:26-28
Simeon's Life Completed (Luke 2:25-35)
What do we know about Simeon?
Wasn't every Jew waiting for the consolation of Israel? Why was this special for Simeon?
Did Simeon just happen to be in the temple when Mary & Joseph brought Jesus?
Did Simeon realize the baby Jesus was the Messiah that God had promised he would see?
What did Simeon claim he saw in Jesus?
Was Simeon an eloquent speaker or did he plagiarize these words?
Simeon's Perception Continued (Luke 2:25-35)
While others looked for a Messiah who would politically rebuild Israel, what did Simeon see?
Where did these words come from?
Was this universal purpose of Jesus understood by the Jews during His time?
Acts 11:1-4, 18
After seeing angels and shepherds, did Simeon's talk phase Mary & Joseph?
What else did Simeon have to say?
The Great Meanings of Simeon's Insights (Luke 2:34-35)
What did Simeon mean that Jesus would cause the falling of many in Israel?
How did Paul explain why many Jews fell?
What did Simeon mean that Jesus would cause the rising of many in Israel?
Did Paul agree that some Jews would be saved?
What analogy did Peter use to describe this?
1 Peter 2:6-8
How was Jesus a sign that will be spoken against?
Acts 5:40, 8:1
How would the thoughts of many hearts be revealed?
What was meant by, "And a sword will pierce your own soul too"?
Anna the Prophetess (Luke 2:36)
Who else was in the temple when Jesus was presented?
What was significant about Anna being of the tribe of Asher?
2 Kings 17:22-24
Anna Prophesies (Luke 2:37-38)
Why does Luke make a point that Anna was very old?
How old (and wise) was Anna?
How does Paul's instruction for widows help us understand Anna's life?
1 Timothy 5:3-5
Being close to God by her age and temple life, how did Anna respond when she saw Jesus?
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