WEEK 8 : The Birth and Childhood of the Baptist and His Desert Life

1. SCRIPTURE

Luke 1:57-80

Lk. 1:57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son.
Lk. 1:58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy on her, they rejoiced with her.
Lk. 1:59 Now so it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias.
Lk. 1:60 And his mother answered and said, “No!; he shall be called Yochanan.”
Lk. 1:61 But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.”
Lk. 1:62

WEEK 10 : The Birth of Yeshua

1. SCRIPTURE

Luke 2:1-7

Lk. 2:1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
Lk. 2:2 This first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
Lk. 2:3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Lk. 2:4 And Yoseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David.
Lk. 2:5 To be registered with Miriam, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
Lk. 2:6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
Lk. 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, because there was no room for them in the inn.

WEEK 11 : The Praise of the Angels and the Homage of the Shepherds

1. SCRIPTURE

Luke 2:8-20

Lk. 2:8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night.
Lk. 2:9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
Lk. 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.”
Lk. 2:11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Redeemer, who is the Messiah of the Lord.”
Lk. 2:12 And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
Lk. 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying,
Lk. 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Lk. 2:15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go into Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
Lk. 2:16 And they came with haste and found Miriam and Yoseph and the Babe lying in a manger.
Lk. 2:17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told to them concerning this child.
Lk. 2:18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
Lk. 2:19 But Miriam kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Lk. 2:20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.

WEEK 12 : The Redemption of Yeshua

1. SCRIPTURE

Luke 2:21

And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Yeshua, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

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WEEK 13 : The Wise Men from the East

1. SCRIPTURE

Matthew 2:1-12

Mt. 2:1 Now when Yeshua was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem.
Mt. 2:2 Saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
Mt. 2:3 When Herod the king heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Mt. 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.
Mt. 2:5 So they told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet,”
Mt. 2:6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.’”
Mt. 2:7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.
Mt. 2:8 And sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go, and search diligently for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
Mt. 2:9 When they heard the King, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the east went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.
Mt. 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
Mt. 2:11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Miriam His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Mt. 2:12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

WEEK 15 : The Family Returns to Nazareth

1. SCRIPTURE

Matthew 2:19-23

Mt. 2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Yoseph in Egypt.
Mt. 2:20 Saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.”
Mt. 2:21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.
Mt. 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee.
Mt. 2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

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WEEK 16 : The Presentation in the Temple and the Homage of Simeon and Anna

1. SCRIPTURE

Luke 2:22-39

Lk. 2:22 Now when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were completed, they brought him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.
Lk. 2:23 As it is written, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord” (Exodus 13:2,12,15).
Lk. 2:24 And to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons” (Leviticus 12:8)
Lk. 2:25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
Lk. 2:26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
Lk. 2:27 So he came by the Spirit into the Temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Yeshua, to do for Him according to the custom of the Law,
Lk. 2:28 He took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
Lk. 2:29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word;”
Lk. 2:30 “For my eyes have seen your salvation..”
Lk. 2:31 “Which You prepared before the face of all peoples.”
Lk. 2:32 “A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”
Lk. 2:33 And Yoseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.
Lk. 2:34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Miriam His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against.”
Lk. 2:35 “(Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.”
Lk. 2:36 Now there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity.
Lk. 2:37 And this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the Temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
Lk. 2:38 And coming in that instant, she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for the redemption of Israel.
Lk. 2:39 So when they had performed all things according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.

WEEK 17 : The Childhood of Yeshua

1. SCRIPTURE

Luke 2:40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Lk. 2:40
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2. COMMENTARY

With this one statement the development of Yeshua from the age of four until the age of twelve is summarized by stating that physically He waxed strong; mentally He was filled with wisdom; and spiritually the grace of God was upon Him. The question is: what kind of an upbringing did Yeshua have? Although the Bible does not give that much information concerning Yeshua’s early years, the Mishnah gives the breaking down of the ages of development of a Jewish child. “At five years of age, aw child is put to the text of the Scripture; at age ten, to the Mishnah or traditions; at age thirteen, to the commandments (Bar Mitzvah); at age fifteen, for the study of Talmud; at age eighteen, for marriage; at age twenty, for pursuing a vocation; at the age of thirty, for entering into one’s full vigor, at the age of forty for understanding, at the age of fifty for counsel, at the age of sixty one attains old age, at the age of seventy for the hoary head, at the age of eighty for special strength, at the age of ninety for bending beneath the weight of old age, at the age of one hundred is though he was already dead and had passed away and ceased from the world” Pirke Avoth 5:21). Here we have in a nutshell the early life of any Jewish boy growing to manhood, including Yeshua.

WEEK 18 : The Boy Yeshua Amazes the Scholars

1. SCRIPTURE

Lk. 2:41-50

Lk. 2:41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of Passover.
Lk. 2:42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the Feast.
Lk. 2:43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the boy Yeshua lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Yoseph and His mother did not know it.
Lk. 2:44 But supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
Lk. 2:45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.
Lk. 2:46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
Lk. 2:47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.
Lk. 2:48 So when they saw Him they were amazed; and His Mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”
Lk. 2:49 And He said to them, “Why is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
Lk. 2:50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.

WEEK 19 : Yeshua Advances in Wisdom and Favor

1. SCRIPTURE

Lk. 2:51-52

Lk. 2:51: Then He went with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart.
Lk. 2:52: And Yeshua increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

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