Day 15: January 15, 2013

Today's Reading(s)

Luke 2:22-38 Read Online

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

...they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.

Luke 2:22 (HCSB)

Baby Dedication in the Temple
by Peggy Overbey, Member of Brentwood Campus

We’ve already met the blessed, obscure peasant girl from Nazareth named Mary, her husband Joseph, and their newborn baby named Jesus. The story of Mary and the birth of the Christ Child is the most holy story in Scripture. It’s unexplained miracle of all time, brought about by the divine sovereignty of Almighty God, who brought salvation to mankind in the birth of the baby Jesus.

Mary, along with her husband Joseph, had shown great wisdom and spiritual discernment in the circumcision of Jesus, fully following the law of the day. After the required days for the purification of a mother following childbirth, Mary and Joseph went to the temple in Jerusalem, according to the law, to present baby Jesus to the Lord.

Now the baby was God in the flesh but, yes, He was in the flesh. Jesus was a baby, and He did all the things babies do—wiggle, grimace, burp, and smile. And there were no Velcro diapers or pacifiers then. I remember the dedication of my first child. I was shaking, hoping he wouldn’t cry aloud and ruin the service.

The laws of cleanliness were very strict during biblical days. We’re so used to sanitizing our hands with non-water after touching nothing that we cannot begin to imagine this scene. Not only that, but Mary and Joseph had to bring an offering because it was required by God. Because they weren’t wealthy, their offering was less costly, but accepted by God.

We don’t have to bring a blood offering today to our children's dedication service, but we should be willing to teach our children the sacrifice God made for us in sending His Son, Jesus, for our salvation. Do you hesitate to bring your talents, time, or service to help with children because you don't think you have what it takes to work with children?

Joseph was a carpenter and Mary a young mother, used by God, for the birth of our Savior. Perhaps you can help little children to learn about Jesus' love for them. Bet you weren't born in a manager.

Friends and family are always present at our baby dedications—with the whole clan if possible—and show up with gifts and hugs. There was one lone man in Jerusalem who had been waiting and praying for the child Jesus to be born. God told him he wouldn’t die before he’d seen the Lord's Christ.

The Spirit of God led Simeon to the temple the day Mary and Joseph came and can you imagine how excited Joseph and Mary were to have their child, Jesus, blessed by the very man God had let live for the occasion! Simeon took baby Jesus into his arms and blessed God.

This was the baby dedication of all time.

Reflection Questions

  1. Why did Mary and Joseph go to the temple with baby Jesus?
  2. What was their offering and why was it acceptable?
  3. Who was led to the temple by the Spirit of the Lord?
  4. Is your daily walk with God such that you can hear his voice and desire to be with Him?

About the Author

Peggy Overbey

Since 1977, Peggy has been a member of Brentwood Baptist. She’s worked with and helped establish the Benevolence Ministry, taught Sunday School for students and adults, and was involved in the Women’s Ministry and their Bible studies. She was on the organizing board and also volunteered with GraceWorks Ministry, a ministry partner of Brentwood Baptist. In her free time, Peggy loves gardening and enjoys spending time with friends and sharing God's word.