Just like Zacharias and Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary named their baby boy according to the command
of the angel Gabriel. Joseph and Mary were faithful parents. The event of the shepherds would have been an
encouragement to Jesus’ parents that He was in fact someone very unusual. Just as their obedience was
a sign that they believed and trusted God, our obedience proves the same thing. Our obedience proves that we
believe God is not just a myth but that He is real. Otherwise, why would anyone want to obey?
Jesus’ Dedication. About 33 days after Jesus’ circumcision, or 40
days after His birth, His parents took Him to Jerusalem to be dedicated to the Lord. According to Leviticus
12:4-5, every male child was to be brought to the temple in Jerusalem for dedication to the Lord at the completion
of a mother’s purification.
And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they
brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “EVERY
firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD”), and to offer a sacrifice according
to what was said in the Law of the Lord, “A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS.” (NASB) Luke
Once again His parents were being faithful to the Lord. His dedication to the Lord God involved the sacrifice
of some animals. Leviticus 12:7-8 says that Joseph and Mary could have offered either a lamb or two turtle
doves or two pigeons