Readings for Jan 1, 2012: New Years Day
Numbers 6:22-27 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:16-21 The Message
The Aaronic Blessing
God spoke to Moses: “Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the People of Israel. Say to them,
God bless you and keep you,
God smile on you and gift you,
God look you full in the face and make you prosper.
In so doing, they will place my name on the People of Israel—I will confirm it by blessing them.” © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can\ tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because\ God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa!\ Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.
` © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
The sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.”
They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing.
They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!
When the eighth day arrived, the day of circumcision, the child was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived.
`© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson