Summary: There is salvation for people who lived and died during the Mosaic, Age of The Law, through God’s grace but only realized through Jesus Christ.
We started a new message series last week. Please grab a Bible and open it to the Gospel of Luke.
Before looking at v5-10 today, read again with me Luke 1:3-4…..
Luke as led by God the Holy Spirit carefully investigated not only the writings that were already available about Christ but he also interviewed those who personally experienced Jesus Christ while He was here on earth. And the purpose of Luke’s writings was to provide sure proof about who Jesus Christ is!
Let us also note some relevant information for our passage today.
A. Bible passages must be understood based on God’s schedule.
Bible scholars call the time frames of God’s schedule as dispensations. For simplicity, Bible Scholars either have a 3 or a 7 Dispensation Schedule. Personally, I think there are more.
Anyway, let me keep it simple for our discussions: God of course is beyond time and is forever! God started time for us when He created the universe that we see. The Bible starts with Genesis 1:1 which states, “In the beginning, God created….” After God created the universe and the first man and woman, there was a time of perfection here on earth. God walked with man and woman. That time is called the “Edenic or Innocence Age”. That age of course ended with man sinning against God.
For our discussion we will just note that the next age to the “Edenic Age” is the “Mosaic or Age of Law”, a time in which people were to live based on God’s laws.
But because man can not totally meet all of God’s Law, God sent Jesus Christ to earth. Jesus of course had to die for man’s sins but He rose from the dead and ascended back to heaven. We are now living that age, which is the “Church Age”. There will then be the “Millennial Kingdom Age” then the “Eternal Kingdom Age”.
And so again, Bible passages must be interpreted based on what time it is on God’s schedule. Our passage today will mention King Herod and priests before the Church Age; let’s talk about them briefly. Even though Israel was conquered by Rome in the year 66 BC, kings were allowed to rule the country. B. King Herod was the King of Israel when Jesus Christ was born on earth. King Herod died when Jesus was about 4 years old.
Now, under the Mosaic or Age of Law, God called King Solomon in 957BC to build a Temple in Jerusalem. As we had noted during our study of Daniel, that first Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians. In 538BC, the rebuilding of the Temple was started and that Temple was renovated by King Herod in 20BC (show picture). The Temple of course was built for worship of God and for sacrifices for the sins of Israel. C. God called priests to perform the duties required in the Temple in Jerusalem. If you remember, (Moses’ brother Aaron was the first priest called by God).
Before reading our passage, let us pray together our commitment to God’s Word…..
Read along with me now, Luke 1:5-10…..
What can we note from this passage?
1. It was the time of King Herod before Jesus Christ was born.
2. There was an elderly couple Zechariah and Elizabeth, both from the family lineage of Aaron the first priest of Israel.