Understanding the Scriptures
|Be delivered (v. 6)||Have her baby|
|Swaddling clothes (vv. 7, 12)||Strips of cloth wrapped around the baby|
|Manger (vv. 7, 12)||A feeding place for animals|
|Good tidings (v. 10)||Good news|
|Haste (v. 16)||Speed|
|Consolation of Israel (v. 25)||Comfort or relief of Israel, meaning the Messiah|
|From her virginity (v. 36)||After her marriage|
|Fourscore and four years (v. 37)||Eighty-four years (one score is twenty years)|
|Redemption (v. 38)||Deliverance; to be saved from the consequences of sin|
|Fulfilled the days (v. 43)||Stayed until the celebration was over|
|Kinsfolk and acquaintance (v. 44)||Family and friends|
|Subject (v. 51)||Obedient; followed the advice and counsel of|
|Stature (v. 52)||Size and appearance|
Luke 2:21—“When Eight Days Were Accomplished”
As a sign of the covenant the Lord made with Abraham and his descendants, all male children of the house of Israel were to be circumcised when they were eight days old (see Genesis 17:12; Bible Dictionary, “circumcision,” p. 646).
Luke 2:22—“The Days of Her Purification”
The mother of a newborn son was considered unclean (meaning she was unable to participate in the ordinances of the law of Moses) for forty days. After forty days she could go to the temple and offer sacrifice for her purification.
Luke 2:46–47—Jesus Teaches in the Temple
The Joseph Smith Translation tells us that the teachers were asking the questions, not Jesus (see JST,Luke 2:46). Those teachers were surprised “at his understanding and answers” (Luke 2:47).
Luke 2:52—Jesus’ Development in His Youth
Speaking about Luke 2:52, President Ezra Taft Benson taught: “The most successful program of complete youth fitness ever known to man was described in fourteen words. … There is the ideal of any program of youth fitness, to help our youth increase in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. It covers everything—physical fitness, mental fitness, social fitness, emotional fitness, and spiritual fitness” (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 555–56).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and C or only activity B as you study Luke 2.
The Christmas Story
Make up a quiz with at least six questions that cover what you think are the most important details of Jesus’ birth. In parenthesis after each question, write the correct answer and the verse where the answer can be found.
List five phrases from Luke 2:1–16 that you think would be good titles for a talk about Jesus at Christmastime.
Witnesses of the Christ Child
Read Luke 2 and list everyone mentioned in this chapter who saw Jesus. Next to each name list how they came to know about Jesus.
A Pattern for Personal Growth
After reading Luke 2:40, 49–52, list the different areas in which Jesus grew and developed. How could you “grow and develop” in those areas?