Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 3 Study # 5
May 22, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<157> Thesis: The sacrifices for purification indicated the need for two particular intentions on the part of the offerer: the intention to accept rebellion-guilt as real; and the intention to accept grace-forgiveness as just as real. Introduction: The Big Picture of Luke's presentation of Mary's presentation of Jesus to the Lord is the issue of the resolution of the enmity between God and man. Enmity is a two-way street in which the Law plays a big part. On the one hand, it expresses the Justice of God and His animosity toward rebels. On the other hand, it fuels the rage of the rebels so that it burns murderously hot. By the same token, resolution is a two-way street in which Grace plays a big part. On the one hand, Grace takes on man's obligation(s) and fully meets them so that he is left without any debt whatsoever. And on the other hand, Grace addresses the rage so that it is quenched and man is moved to embrace God as both Father and Friend. Within this "big picture", there are a myriad of details -- all of which have true significance as particulars in the "man shall live by every word" concept. The operative word here is "live". That's what Mary was doing as she and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem. She had two things she wished to do as an expression of the "life" she possessed: she wanted to "present" Jesus to God as the Instrument of His Task; and she wanted to "sacrifice" so that she could be "clean" once again after 40 days of "uncleanness". Last week we looked at the "presentation" issue. Today we are going to look into the "sacrifice" issue.