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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 2 Message Outlines

Luke 2:21-39 (17)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 3 Study # 17
August 28, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:God's plan is for His people to grow in the direction of a single focus for Life.

Introduction:Last week we began a consideration of Luke's inclusion of Anna as a part of his message to Theophilus. In that study we saw that he included Anna because her name was really Grace. "Anna" is a transliteration of the Greek letters alpha, nu, nu, alpha. In other words, "Anna" is not the expression of her name, but simply the use of the same sounds in English as in Greek. But, the Greek "Anna" is simply also a transliteration of the Hebrew letters het, nun, he, so that we once again are just carrying "sounds" across the boundaries of languages, not meaning. Translation is not reproducing sounds from one language to another, but the meaning of those sounds. The meaning of "het, nun, he" is, in English, Grace. Luke's point was that she was a return to the "name him John" thesis of insistence that we shift our theological focus from Justice to Grace. This is necessary because, historically, what was happening was that a crisis was rapidly arriving between man's aggressive hatred of God under law and God's incredible love under grace. Just when Legalism had gotten the people of God to the point of being willing to murder their God, Grace had moved God to the historical point of redemption for His people. A greater historical contrast can hardly be imagined, and the two elements met at the Cross. The point is that man is being challenged to make the transition from hatred of God to love for God.

We also saw that Grace was, by Luke's choice of words, deliberately linked to both Zacharias (through the term translated "advanced in age") and Mary (through the odd reference to Grace's "virginity"). Thematically this is highly significant because Zacharias presented us with the deadening fear that function under Law produces and function under Grace destroys, and Mary presented us with the opportunity to hear that "no word of God is powerless" so that we "settle" when the redemptive power of grace is our focus. No more fear; no more rage; no more godless behavior.

Now, this morning we are going to see where Grace (God's) took Grace (Anna) as a part of Luke's statement to Theophilus.


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