“And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”
Today’s Morsel: I have been asked people why I do not baptize babies. I tell them it is because baptism is for the remission of sins, according to Acts 2:28, and babies do not know sin. Therefore, there is not a need to baptize them. I tell them that I dedicate them to the Lord as Jesus was our example. Scripture said, “And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord.” Notice, they present him to the Lord. In a way this is what a baby dedication is, presenting the child to God asking for His blessing and covering to be over the child until God either fills the child with the Holy Ghost, or the child has an understanding as to why they are being baptized. Remember, any time you need an example for your life and that of your children, look to Jesus.
Sing: Jesus loves me He will stay close beside me all the way. If I love Him when I die, He will take me home on high.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so.
Thought For Today: See that you do all things according to the pattern.