Friday, February 2/15, 2013: The Meeting of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: Hebrews 7:7-17, Luke 2:22-40
- passage: Hebrews 7:7-7:17
And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of
whom it is witnessed that he liveth. And as I may so say, Levi also,
who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the
loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. If therefore perfection
were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the
law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after
the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change
also of the law. For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to
another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. For it is
evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake
nothing concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more evident: for
that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the
power of an endless life. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for
ever after the order of Melchisedec.
passage: Luke 2:22-2:40
And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses
were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the
Lord; As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth
the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice
according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of
turtledoves, or two young pigeons. And, behold, there was a man in
Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout,
waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see
death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit
into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do
for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms,
and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in
peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to
lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph
and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this
child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a
sign which shall be spoken against; Yea, a sword shall pierce through
thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the
tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband
seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore
and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with
fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant
gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that
looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all
things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee,
to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in
spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
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