Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Having no lamb

"When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”),  and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons” Luke 2:22-24 NIV

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I keep returning to these verses.

Mary sought to be made clean after the birth of Jesus.  Leviticus 12:8 presents the option of presenting before the priests with:

- a pair of doves, or two young pigeons, or,
- a lamb.

Leviticus 12:8 provides between the two options for those who can not afford a lamb.

The Son of God, Lord of the most high, light to the world, the one who would rise on high and be recognised unblemished as the Lamb, the one who would take his seat before God; was first bought to the temple with his mother seeking her cleanliness in poverty.  Pure humility.

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There is perhaps nothing more mesmerising in the whole of Luke's Gospel - that the Lamb of God came before the temple for the first time in the most humble of ways.  That Mary had no money for a lamb, yet she was nursing the Lamb!


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