The traditional family seems to be going the way of the dinosaur. When I grew up divorce was rare, families were mostly stable, and living together outside of marriage was called sin.
How things have changed—and not for the better! Current trends would indicate they will only get worse. A deteriorating family life will bring the dissolution of society.
Is there any hope?
Yes! If I didn’t believe that, I’d close my Bible, pack my bags, and head for a survivalist camp in
. God has shown us
the pattern we can follow. We will
examine it this week as we explore Montana Luke 2:21-40. Read
this passage and see if you can detect vital principles that when followed
bring hope for the family.
And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD”), and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” And behold, there was a man in
Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man
was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of , and the Holy Spirit was
upon him. And it had been revealed to
him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the
Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit
into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him
according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God
and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to
Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before
the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the
glory of Your people Israel.” And Joseph
and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary
His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel ,
and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through
your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the
daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had
lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow
of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God
with fastings and prayers night and day.
And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him
to all those who looked for redemption in Israel . So when they had performed all things
according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Jerusalem . And the Child grew and became strong in
spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. Nazareth