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Important Nursery News
A new nursery program is available during the 10:00 a.m. Thank you to all of those who have volunteered to assist with this much needed ministry. The primary professional & certified attendant will be Shantel Taylor, who is the Related Arts and Extended Care Teacher for our St. James School.
"The word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness."
Second Sunday of Advent
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
Luke 3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar--when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene--
NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes
[Luke 3:1] "Fifteenth year" is interpreted in three different ways: (1) from the date of the emperor's accession, which for Tiberius would run from August 19, A.D. 28, to August 18, A.D. 29; (2) from Tiberius' being made co-emperor with Augustus in A.D. 11, which would make it A.D. 25-26; or (3) by the Jewish system, which had two New Years: the sacred on 1 Nisan and the civil six months later, on 1 Tishri. Reigns were calculated from the New Year preceding accession, which would make the fifteenth year begin on 1 Tishri, A.D. 27. Thus, the reckoning refers to a time between A.D. 27 and 29. These initial verses provided precise chronological reckoning worthy of the most eminent historians.
[Luke 3:2] "The wilderness" is the uninhabited territory just north of the Dead Sea.
[Luke 3:3] "Baptism of repentance" suggests that the only acceptable recipients of the baptism were those who were willing to repent. The remission of sins, having already been accomplished in repentance, is symbolized in baptism.
[Luke 3:6] Verse 6 is from the LXX version of Isa. 40:5 and stresses the universal nature of Christianity as it is offered to both Jew and Gentile.
Readings for the week of December 16th
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