Archive for August, 2011

Correcting the month Jesus was born 2


(immediately continuing from yesterday)

So, going with the calculations based on Josephus‘ words that the first division of priests had just taken office at the time of the destruction of the Temple, we can figure backwards to establish that Zechariah came off of duty on July 13, 3BC & returned home to Elizabeth (Luke 1:23). Elizabeth then conceived (Luke 1:24) probably within a week and John the Baptist would have been born 280 days later (on or around April 26, 2BC). Interestingly, this date marked the end of the Feast of Unleavened Bread that year.

Elizabeth secluded herself for 5 months (Luke 1:24) & at the beginning of her 6th month of pregnancy Gabriel appeared to Mary, Elizabeth’s cousin (Luke 1:26). The time was the 1st week of January, 2BC. Jesus would then have been born 280 days later on or about October 13, 2BC. This would have also been the 15th day of Tishiri, the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles. This may also be mysteriously supported or hinted at by John in John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us”.

This is where it gets interesting. The Greek word for ‘dwelling’ is skenoo, which means “to pitch tent, encamp, tabernacle, dwell in a tent.” So a more literal translation of John 1:14 would read: “The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us”. Do you think that John may have been alluding to the significance of the Feat of Tabernacles in this verse?

Wrapping up, can we pinpoint the exact date of Christ’s birth? No, but it is very possible to identify the season fo his birth. The evidence strongly suggests that Jesus was born in September-October (the Hebrew month of Tishiri), during the celebrations of the Feast of Tabernacles.



Correcting the month Jesus was born


Since we know, with very little doubt that Jesus was actually born 2 years earlier than once thought (2 BC) the question becomes, can we know the real month of his birth? Most would answer: “December 25 of course!”

According to Luke, that doesn’t gel. Luke 2:8 says “there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night”. If it were December, the shepherds wouldn’t have been living in the fields. Not exactly warm, outdoor weather. Most likely, Jesus wasn’t born in the winter months. It is also unlikely that Joseph & Mary, being pregnant, would’ve made the 5 day trip in the winter. See the following quote from the Companion Bible (appendix 179).

“Shepherds & their flocks wouldn’t be found ‘abiding’ (or in Greek: agrauleo) in the open fields at night in December (Greek: Tebeth), for the major reason that there would be no grass for the flocks to eat. It was the custom then (as now) to withdraw the flocks during the Greek month Marchesven (our late October-November) from the open districts & house them for the winter.”

Question: How did we end up celebrating Christmas on December 25?

Answer: Early Christians didn’t celebrate Christmas. To them, the death, resurrection, and ascension to Heaven of Christ was far more important and reason to celebrate. Consider that our holidays are reversed. Easter was the big deal then (and is my favorite now), and Christmas was barely, if at all celebrated. It was not until the 4th century that anyone was interested in celebrating Christ’s birth. The problem they had been that nobody knew the date exactly. There were many ideas of when it was, and this caused a ton of controversy in 4th century Christian church leadership.

In the year 440, during the pagan conversions to Christianity, it was decided that since they celebrated the birth of their “Sun God” on December 25th, that it would be easy to pick that date to make the transition easier to worshipping the Son of God, who is called the “Sun of Righteousness” as in Malachi 4:2.

So, is it then really possible to find the real month? The gospel gives us some clues, indirectly, but most likely intentionally. The gospel hints about the conception of John the Baptist that may help us figure this out. Luke 1:5 tells us that Zechariah was a priest in the order of Abijah. The priests were divided into 24 groups (1 Chron 24:7-19) of which Abijah was the 8th (Luke 24:10). Luke 1:8 says that it was while the Abijah division was on duty that Gabriel visited Zechariah in the Temple. So the question now becomes: When was the division of Abijah on duty?

(immediately continued tomorrow)




Bulletin/Handout notes
Original Message/Sermon: James Chastain
From One50Five service on 8/21/11.
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From the series: “I AM SECOND” 
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
1. Who am I sumbitting to? God, or the world?
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:15-17
2.) Who am I resisting? God, or the devil?
“Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” James 4:4b
“Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” Romans 12:21
**DOING GOOD REQUIRES YOU TO: Become powerless. (Humbleness: a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience.)** 
3.) Am I receiving God’s POWER by becoming POWERLESS?


How to synchronize your family, and your church.


Bulletin/Handout notes

 Original Message/Sermon: Pastor Ricky Mosel
From morning service at Stockbridge Community Church on 8/21/11.
(listen to sermon or make a donation at SCCview.Net)
“DOING LIFE IN ORANGE” Series (Part Three)
Today’s point:   Doing life together isn’t either/or; it’s both/and.
“It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. Luke 6:41-42 MSG
1.) Kids need to be encouraged to ASK PARENTS FOR HELP in advancing their relationship with God.
Someday your children will ask, ” Why did the LORD give us these laws and teachings?” Deuteronomy 6:20 CEV
2.) Parents need to focus on working on ONE SMALL THING AT A TIME.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
“Have you forgotten how good parents treat children…Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best.” Hebrews 12:5, 8-10 MSG
3.) The church needs to give families a plan, and teach them how to follow it.
–“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened, and maintained.”—-Winston Churchill
“I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken. John 15:1-3 MSG
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.” John 15:5 MSG
SYNERGY: Two or more things functioning together to produce a result not independently obtainable. (Simply put in our situation: two of the three; parent, children, and church, working together to do something that not one of them could do alone.)
Your next steps today….
I will commit to synching my family with the church by….
a) Listening to my kids when they ask for help in understanding God.
b) Doing small things with them everyday that will show them God’s character in our family.
c) Partnering with the church & implemeting the plan they’ve shown me.
d) Giving my life to Christ and accepting Him into my life.
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“How to keep your family on the right course”


Bulletin/Handout notes

 Original Message/Sermon: Pastor Ricky Mosel
From morning service at Stockbridge Community Church on 8/14/11.
(listen to sermon or make a donation at SCCview.Net)
“DOING LIFE IN ORANGE” Series (Part Two)
Today’s point:  “The heart of God should be primarily communicated through the heart of the family.”
I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands. Exodus 20:6 NLT
 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Deuteronomy 6:4-6 NLT
1. FOCUS your priorites on what matters MOST.
Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 MSG
2. PUT yourself FIRST when it comes to personal growth.
He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:39-40 ESV
3. PURSUE whatever your kids NEED to have an authentic relationship with them.
…we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children. We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 NLT
We loved you dearly. Not content to just pass on the Message, we wanted to give you our hearts. And we did. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 MSG
Your next steps today….
I will fullfill my family’s role today by….
a) Committing to influencing my kids to have an authentic relationship with God.
b) Giving my relationship with God top priority in my actions, my conversations, and my example.
c) Pursuing healthy interaction with my family on a consistent basis.
d) Offering my life to Christ and accepting Him into my life.
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