- Week 1: Luke 1:1-4 Dedication to Theophilus http://www.hebrewroots.com/node/468
- Week 2: John 1:1-18 The Eternal Word http://www.hebrewroots.com/node/478
- Week 3: Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38 The Genealogy of Yeshua http://www.hebrewroots.com/node/489
- Week 4: Luke 1:5-25 Yochanan’s Birth Announced to Zacharias http://www.hebrewroots.com/node/499
- Week 5: Luke 1:26-38 Yeshua’s Birth Announced to Miriam http://www.hebrewroots.com/node/506
- Week 6 Luke 1:39-45 Miriam visits Elizabeth
WEEK 1 : Dedication to Theophilus
1:1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have fulfilled among us.
1:2 Just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the Lord.
1:3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus.
1:4 So that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
Luke 1:1-4 (NKJV) Other versions ...
WEEK 2 : The Eternal Word
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:2 He was with God in the beginning.
1:3 Through Him all things were made; and without Him nothing was made that was made.
1:4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.
1:5 The light shines in darkness but the darkness has not understood it.
1:6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
1:7 He came as a witness to testify concerning the light; so that through him all men might believe.
1:8 He himself was not that light; he came only as a witness to the light.
1:9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
1:10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.
1:11 He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.
1:12 Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God.
1:13 Children not born of natural descent, or of human decision nor a husband’s will, but of God.
1:14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
1:15 John testifies concerning Him. He cries out, saying, “This is He of who I said, ‘Her who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’”
1:16 “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.”
1:17 “For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah.”
1:18 For no one has ever seen God, but God the One and only, who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.
John 1:1-18 (NKJV) Other versions ...
WEEK 3 : The Genealogy of Yeshua
Only two of the four Gospel writers give us anything about the early life of Yeshua, and that is Matthew and Luke. Mark and Yochanan skip this whole segment. Now, while both Matthew and Luke record it, they give us a different perspective. Matthew tells the story of the birth of Yeshua and the circumstances surrounding it from Yoseph’s perspective, and so he also gives us Yoseph’s genealogy. Miriam plays a very passive role in Matthew’s account. Luke, however, tells us the story from Miriam’s perspective, and so it is Miriam’s genealogy that we are given. Yoseph then plays a very passive role in Luke’s account.
Now we have two genealogies and there is a reason why we have the two. In the O.T. there were two main requirements for kingship. One was applicable to the Southern Kingdom of Judah with its capital in Jerusalem. This requirement for kingship is that the individual had to be of Davidic descent. No one that was not of Davidic descent could sit upon the throne in Israel. The second requirement for kingship was applicable to the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and that was Divine appointment or prophetic sanction. These two requirements together would insure that only one individual would sit upon the throne and rule the nation of Israel.
WEEK 5 : Yeshua’s Birth Announced to Miriam
Lk. 1:26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city in Galilee named Nazareth,
Lk. 1:27 To a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Yoseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Miriam.
Lk. 1:28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.”
Lk. 1:29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his sayings, and considered what manner of greeting this was.
Lk. 1:30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Miriam, for you have found favor with God.”
Lk. 1:31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Yeshua.”
Lk. 1:32 “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.”
Lk. 1:33 “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.”
Lk. 1:34 Then Miriam said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
Lk. 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
Lk. 1:36 “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who is called barren.”
Lk. 1:37 “For with God nothing is impossible.”
Lk. 1:38 Then Miriam said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Luke 1:26-38 (NKJV) Other versions ...
WEEK 6 : Miriam Visits Elizabeth
Lk. 1:39 Now Miriam arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah.
Lk. 1:40 And entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
Lk. 1:41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Miriam, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Lk. 1:42 The she spoke with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”
Lk. 1:43 “But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”
Lk. 1:44 “For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”
Lk. 1:45 “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be fulfillment of those things which were told to her from the Lord.”
WEEK 7 : The Song of Miriam
Lk. 1:46 And Miriam said, “My soul magnifies the Lord.”
Lk. 1:47 “And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Messiah.”
Lk. 1:48 “For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.”
Lk. 1:49 “For He wo is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.”
Lk. 1:50 “And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.”
Lk. 1:51 “He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.”
Lk. 1:52 “He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly.”
Lk. 1:53 “He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.”
Lk. 1:54 He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy.”
Lk. 1:55 “As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.”
Lk. 1:56 And Miriam remained with her for about three months, and returned to her house.
Luke 1:46-56 (NKJV) Other versions ...
WEEK 8 : The Birth and Childhood of the Baptist and His Desert Life
Lk. 1:57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son.
Lk. 1:58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy on her, they rejoiced with her.
Lk. 1:59 Now so it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias.
Lk. 1:60 And his mother answered and said, “No!; he shall be called Yochanan.”
Lk. 1:61 But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.”
WEEK 10 : The Birth of Yeshua
Lk. 2:1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
Lk. 2:2 This first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
Lk. 2:3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Lk. 2:4 And Yoseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David.
Lk. 2:5 To be registered with Miriam, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
Lk. 2:6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
Lk. 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, because there was no room for them in the inn.
WEEK 11 : The Praise of the Angels and the Homage of the Shepherds
Lk. 2:8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night.
Lk. 2:9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
Lk. 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.”
Lk. 2:11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Redeemer, who is the Messiah of the Lord.”
Lk. 2:12 And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
Lk. 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying,
Lk. 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Lk. 2:15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go into Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
Lk. 2:16 And they came with haste and found Miriam and Yoseph and the Babe lying in a manger.
Lk. 2:17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told to them concerning this child.
Lk. 2:18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
Lk. 2:19 But Miriam kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Lk. 2:20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.