Posts Tagged ‘Temple’

Mary. Part-Four.

In Luke 2:48-51 we learn of Jesus being left behind in Jerusalem and his parents returning to seek him. Today when a child goes missing is causes great distress and worry to the parents. They went up to Jerusalem so that Jesus could have his Bar-mitzvah, his time to enter adulthood had come. He was found in the Temple courts talking and discussing the scriptures with the teachers of the law (Torah). These are perhaps the latter secret followers, like Nicodemus (John 3:1-16), Joseph of Arimathea (Matthew 27:57-60) and Gamaliel (Acts 5:33-41) who were present that day.

But Mary had to go through a series of worries before the events of the cross.

Mary. Part-One.

When we come to think of Mary, we associate her with the virgin birth of Jesus and the Christmas story. But in this series we will look at her whole life, from her betrothal to Joseph her husband and on  to the end, where we see her adopting the disciples of Jesus.

Mary is described as a simple girl, we do not really know her age. But in Jewish culture she was young. People married young, because people did not live as long as we do today. We know she had a sister Elizabeth, who was married to Zechariah a High Priest who served in the Temple. They were the parents of the last prophet of Israel John the Baptist. Mary was told by an angel ‘that she had been chosen by God to bear His son, she was also told how it would happen, since she was a virgin and had never been with a man.

Luke 1:5-25,  28-38.

Pentecost (50-Days). Part-One.

Jesus has now returned to heaven. Acts 1:8. and the promised Holy Spirit/Ghost is about to be poured out on the Disciples and followers of Jesus in the Temple courts in Jerusalem, Roman occupied Israel. John 7:39, John 14:16-17, 26, John 15:26, John 16:7.

The Holy Spirit/Ghost comes like a rushing wind and tongues of fire are seen falling on these men from Galilee. The Temple is full of Jews from all over the known world of the day, who have come to Jerusalem to celebrate the first harvest festival. Acts 2:1-17.

The prophecy of Joel is also fulfilled. Joel 2:28-32, Acts 2:17-21.

But this is now the beginnings of a new dispensation of the Way, the new congregation, which will later be known as the Church. The Holy Spirit/Ghost, Parakletos, comforter is only to be given to those who come to a personal faith in Jesus as the Son of God, crucified, resurrected from the dead and one day will return for them at the end of the age.

But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Joel 2:32.

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