Scripture Nugget 5.13.2017
Scripture Read Luke 1-2
Nugget Luke 1:6, 2:40-41,52
“Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. … The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. … And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years and in divine and human favor.”
Devotional Thought: Both of them – Zechariah and Elizabeth, husband and wife, uncle and aunt of Jesus, were righteous before God and lived blamelessly! Zechariah was a priest and Elizabeth a descendant of Aaron was the daughter of a priest. They lived together, as husband and wife, righteously and blamelessly, with each other and before God. What a fantastic way for a married couple to live! Imagine the fullness and richness of that life together. God at the center, high and lifted-up. Sounds like perfection, but there is always room for growth with God. Jesus, nephew of these two, who is fully human and fully divine grows in wisdom and years. He grows in divine and human favor. Ongoing sanctification is the life God calls us to. Regardless of when we begin to live righteously and blamelessly before God; there is always room for growth, until we become Christ like, but note, Christ in His humanness continued to grow in wisdom as he increased in years. The Son did not stop growing in relationship with The Father – ever. Let us emulate His example!