22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.
We can learn several things about the holy family from this passage. Mary and Joseph are faithful religious Jews (which is a good thing!). They are careful to follow the law and as far as know do so sincerely as their faithful obedience to the giver of the Law. We also learn that they are not wealthy people. Their offering of two doves or pigeons is one of the lowest of options a Jewish couple had for this sacrifice. In other words, if you couldn’t afford the more expensive sacrifice then two pigeons were acceptable. In going about their ordinary (for them) everyday lives they were carrying out the will of God, nothing spectacular, there is nothing going on here on this day that anyone would have noticed as the “plan of God unfolding”. Just a young couple bringing their first born son to the temple. Our faithfulness in the little things lead to greater things . . . wait and see (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
PRAY FOR THOSE IN POWER Leaders across our world are humans, just like us, who need prayer: “… for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” – 1 Timothy 2:2-3