What Does Luke 2:23 Mean?

By David J. Stewart

Luke 2:23, “(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)”

       Luke 2:23 quotes an Old Testament passage found in Exodus 13:2, “Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.” The reason why every male that openeth the womb (that is, came forth from the womb) was called holy unto the Lord was simply because everyone was looking for the Messiah. Every woman who became pregnant became the hope of Israel, wondering if she would give birth to the expected Savior of the Jews and humanity. God's people had been waiting for thousands of years for the promised Messiah.

Thank God for the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Oh listen my friend, I don't care who you are or how deep in sin your life may be (or have gone), God wants to pardon you of all iniquities and cleanse your sins as white as snow...

Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

What a precious Savior!!!


"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8

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