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Luke 2:20-22 The Passion Translation (TPT)

20 The shepherds returned to their flock, ecstatic over what had happened. They praised God and glorified him for all they had heard and seen for themselves, just like the angel had said.

Baby Jesus Dedicated in the Temple

21 On the day of the baby’s circumcision ceremony, eight days after his birth, his parents gave him the name Jesus, the name prophesied by the angel before he was born. 22 After Mary’s days of purification had ended, it was time for her to come to the temple with a sacrifice, according to the law of Moses after the birth of a son.[a] So Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to Jerusalem to be dedicated before the Lord.[b] 23 For it is required in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be a set-apart one for God.”[c] 24 And, to offer a prescribed sacrifice, “either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”[d]


  1. Luke 2:22 This comes from Lev. 12:1-7. When a son was born, the mother went through a forty-day period of purification, and then she was to offer a sacrifice to complete the process.
  2. Luke 2:22 The ark of the covenant, signifying the presence of God, had been absent from the temple since 586 BC, when the Babylonians destroyed the temple. Herod’s temple had no ark of covenant until Jesus came into the temple that day. God returned to the temple when Mary carried her baby into its courts. What a dramatic moment! See Mal. 3:1-2.
  3. Luke 2:22 Ex. 13:2, 12.
  4. Luke 2:22 Because Joseph and Mary were rather poor, not yet having received the gifts brought by the wise men, they offered a pair of doves or pigeons instead of a lamb (Lev. 12:8). Mary offered a sin offering, showing her need of a Savior. Jesus would one day be offered as her true Lamb.
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