The Good News – Presentation in the Temple and the Preaching of a Child

      And having been warned in a dream, he departed to the parts of Galil, and came and dwelt in a city called Natsareth – thus to fill what was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Natsarene.”
    “And your people, all of them righteous, shall inherit the land forever – a branch (Netzer) of My planting, a work of My hands, to be adorned.” (Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 60:21)
    For He grew up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or splendour that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should desire Him – (Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 53:2)
  And when the days of her cleansing according to the Torah of Mosheh were completed, they brought Him to Yerushalayim to present Him to Yahweh – as it has been written in the Torah of Yahweh, “Speak to the children of Yisra’el, saying, ‘And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin is circumcised. ‘And she remains in the blood of her cleansing thirty-three days. She does not touch whatever is set-apart, and she does not come into the set-apart place until the days of her cleansing are completed. (Vayyikra (Leviticus) 12:2-4)
    “Set apart to Me all the first-born, the one opening the womb among the children of Yisra’el, among man and among beast, it is Mine.” (Shemoth (Exodus) 13:2)
    ‘And if she is not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one as a burnt offering and the other as a sin offering. And the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.’ ” (Vayyikra (Leviticus) 12:8)
   And see, there was a man in Yerushalayim whose name was Shim’on, and this man was righteous and dedicated, looking for the comforting of Yisra’el. And the Set-apart Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Set-apart Spirit that he would not see death before he sees the Messiah of Yahweh. And he came in the Spirit into the Set-apart Place.
   And as the parents brought in the Child Yahushua, to do for Him according to the usual practice of the Torah, then he took Him up in his arms and blessed Elohiym and said, “Now let Your servant go in peace, O Master, according to Your word, for my eyes have seen Your deliverance, which You have prepared before the face of all the peoples, a light for the unveiling of the gentiles, and the esteem of Your people Yisra’el.”
     And Yoseph and His mother were marvelling at what was said about Him. And Shim’on blessed them, and said to Miryam His mother, “See, this One is set for a fall and rising of many in Yisra’el, and for a sign spoken against – and a sword shall pierce through your own being also – so as to reveal the thoughts of many hearts.”
    And there was Channah, a prophetess, a daughter of Penu’el, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, and had lived with a husband seven years from her maidenhood, and she was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not leave the Set-apart Place, but served Elohim with fastings and prayers night and day. And she, coming in at that moment, gave thanks to Yahweh, and spoke of Him to all who were waiting for redemption in Yerushalayim.
    And when they had accomplished all matters according to the Torah of Yahweh, they returned to Galil, to their city Natsareth.
    And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom. And the favour of Elohim was upon Him.
    And His parents went to Yerushalayim every year at the Festival of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Yerushalayim according to the practice of the festival. When they had accomplished the days, as they returned, the Child Yahushua stayed behind in Yerushalayim. And His parents did not know it, but thinking He was in the company, they went a day’s journey, and were seeking Him among the relatives and friends. And not having found Him, they returned to Yerushalayim, seeking Him. And it came to be, after three days, that they found Him in the Set-apart Place, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. And having seen Him, they were amazed. And His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? See, Your father and I have been anxiously seeking You.” And He said to them, “Why were you seeking Me? Did you not know that I had to be in the matters of My Father?”
   But they did not understand the word which He spoke to them. And He went down with them and came to Natsareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these matters in her heart. And Yahushua increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with Elohim and men.

Exposition:

 This portion of The Good News Series picks up where the previous left off – the settling of Yoseph, Miryam, and Yahushua in Natsereth (Nazereth) in fulfillment of the scriptures. It is found in your Scriptures in Mattityahu (Matthew) 2:23 & Luços (Luke) 2:21-52.
We are given a peculiar insight into the timeline of the Messiah’s birth:
1.)He was born during the Feast of Tabernacles, a seven-day feast remembering Yahweh “tabernacling” with His people and the Children of Yisra’el’s time in the Wilderness (in Booths or Tents) prior to the giving of the Torah.
2.) That Feast ends with an eighth day called Shemini Aretz (or “the Great Day”) and/or the Simchah Torah (or “joy of the Torah).
3.) Messiah was born on the First day of the Feast of Tabernacles (also called Sukkot), which occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (7th month, typically between September and October on the Gregorian Calendar). He was circumcised, according to Hebrew tradition 8 days after birth, on the 23rd day of Tishrei on the Great Day.
4.) According to the Torah concerning spiritual cleanness, she is spiritual “unclean” for 33 days following the birth of a son (67 days for a daughter) (Vayikra/Wayikra (Leviticus) 12:2-4). To add to this fact of timing, the Yehudim (Jews) were commanded to gather for cHannukah (the “Feastival of Lights” commanded in the book of Maccabees). So Yoseph and Miryam presented Yahushua in the Temple, to be named amongst their people, during the Feast of cHannukah  beginning on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev to 2nd or 3rd Tevet (typically this Feast falls late November to Early December on the Gregorian Calendar). Total accounting of time from circumcision to presentation in the temple was approximately 67 days!
Shalom Aleichem!

 

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