21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. 22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[a]), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[b]
How cool Mary and Joseph were obedient and used the name God had provided to them for Jesus. I am not a parent but I can imagine being able to choose the child’s name is something very special for parents. But names are important – they knew that too – so they did what God asked them.
And then the concept of saying thank you to God – He knew we weren’t great at remembering to say thank you so He made it a requirement for the Jewish nation to say an official thank you at the temple for a new child. Being grateful for your child is probably more obvious than some other things God does in our lives but we still needed to be reminded.
Saying thank you – how important it is. Do we remember? I know I don’t often enough. A great reminder from a fairly simple passage.
Written by Therese Manning