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Know God in a Year #13 The First Born

A baby’s cry pierces the stillness of the temple. It is Jesus’ eighth day and He has just been circumcised as a promise to obey God’s law. An infant promising?

It was for the  parents to promise to teach him God’s law. Boundaries are so important to child development in feeling safe.

Every first-born son of Israel was circumcised and dedicated to God as a priest and a symbol of the expected Messiah, God’s first born. After Moses, the tribe of Levi were priests, but each first-born was still dedicated to God.

This was symbolic. Before our creation Abba and Ruach had promised Adonai He could become a human son who would reclaim earth’s inhabitants, should it be necessary if Satan seduced them into evil. So every first-born son was dedicated as a reminder of that promise.

Before He came, God called Israel His “first born.” And because Pharaoh wouldn’t recognize or release God’s “first born” from Egypt, God allowed the Destroyer (Satan) to kill Egypt’s first-born sons. Cries pierced the night of the Exodus also. Yet Satan couldn’t enter any home marked with blood, symbolizing the power of Jesus’ blood to protect, save from death, and give us His life.*

Jesus came as Earth’s “second Adam” and God’s “first born” even though unrecognized by Israel.**

A month after Jesus is circumcised, the priest officiating at Jesus’ dedication doesn’t recognize Him as Messiah either. He has no idea he’s holding God’s son. His parents are poor; no sign of wealth, rank, or power alerts anyone. They bring the poorest offering allowed the poorer classes, though still without blemish–signifying that Messiah is perfect physically and spiritually.

But God does give a sign. An old man who knows God, Simeon who lives in His presence, is sent as a herald.

Luke 2:21-25,  *Exodus 12:23, Isaiah 33:1, Hebrews 2:14, **Colossians 1:15 (KJV)

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