07.30.14 Insight Post

Like Kim Feld wrote earlier in the week about this passage, God doesn’t consider us “ordinary” and this story is a perfect reminder. God is fully aware of each of us and ready to work in bad through everyone who is devoted to Him.There is something else in this passage that is striking too. In the first two verses we discover something unique to the Bible, “At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)” (NLT) What is extraordinary about this is how specific it is regarding the timeframe. This is a specific time in human history. Often when we read other religious books, history is fuzzy or not even referenced. Jesus’ birth is framed within normal human history and opens itself to being verified by normal historical methods.This is one of the things l love about how God has revealed Himself and His plans to us through the Bible. He has done it this way so that we can investigate and make well-reasoned decisions, based on solid evidence. This doesn’t take away from faith but it provides confidence when we exercise faith. This shows that God cares about the questions and concerns of skeptics too and wants them to be able to have confidence in deciding to trust and follow Him. This builds confidence for believers too! So as we read we can know that our faith in all God says is well founded and well placed!rusty

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