The Birth of Christ in Light of the Covenants

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on December 23, 2012
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Luke 1:5-25 - Zacharias and the angel
Barren women and the redemption of Israel illustrate man’s impotence or futility compared to God’s miraculous and merciful provision − Sarah (Genesis 18), Rebekah (Genesis 25), Rachel (Genesis 30), the mother of Samson (Judges 13), Hannah (1Samuel 1 and 2) and Elizabeth.

Luke 1: 26-38
Gabriel and Mary

Luke 1:32
The Davidic dynasty − 2Samuel 7:8-16; 1Chron 17:13 and 14; Psalm 89 Before he is conceived, after he is born, at his death, and before his ascension, the king aspect is emphasized.

Matthew 1:18-25
- Joseph and the angel

- Isaiah 7:14 The Masoretic text has this as “young maiden” or “young woman” and not “virgin.” Nowhere else in the Scriptures is any indication that God would create seed within Mary; therefore, it was a mystery.

Luke 1:39-56
- Mary visits Elizabeth.

Luke 1:57-80
- John is born.

Luke 2:1-7
- Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem

Luke 2:1-7
- Shepherds

Luke 2:8-20
- Jesus and Simeon

Luke 2:21-38
- Jesus and Anna

Matthew 2:1-12
- Magi

Matthew 2:13
- Flight to Egypt

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