February 19, 2010

Lenten Luke 2

Posted in better disciples at 11:29 PM by alexlozada

The not-yet-melted snow here in Central Maryland made a Christmas-tinged backdrop for reading Luke 2 as part of 40 chapters for around 40 days. I felt the challenge of trying to see this chapter with fresh eyes because I’ve preached, taught, and heard about every character and detail in these fifty-two verses.  Though I usually read from the NIV, my (seemingly) old Palm handheld has the English Standard Version, because I found a free download of it (all the NIV e-Bibles cost $). The ESV translates verse 23, “(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”)” – the parentheses because Luke’s giving background about a Jewish custom to his non-Jewish (culturally Greek) readers. The wording was out-of-the-ordinary enough to slow me down, and make me think about how God uses religious customs that might seem out of place (“why males”, “why first born” – our current culture downplays distinctions like these) to accomplish His purpose.

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