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Setting The Timetable

June 30, 2021

Setting The Timetable

Luke 3:1-2 (KJV) Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

The first verses or preceding verses of a chapter most often set the entire chapter’s timeline.  In the third chapter of Luke, the context we read here has the inspired author and physician setting for readers the historical times in which John the Baptist is introduced.  This timeline develops as Jesus grows into a young man with a heart to minister to lost souls on this earth. 

As you likely know, John the Baptist is to come before Jesus as an introductory for His upcoming earthly ministry.  You can look at it as a “warm-up” for the coming truth Jesus Christ will preach to the crowds of people who will clamor about Him to hear His messages.

There are a few things to note and perhaps study out further as found here in this historical record- one that these political and government leaders in some way associated to Herod The Great tapped to reign.  Second, this record mentions two high priests.  It is unusual for more than one man to be considered the high priest. These were unique times indeed!

We should read the historical accounts recorded in God’s Word paying close attention to truths revealed by Jesus Christ as we attempt to capture the many unique settings at work these ancient times.  Doing so adds historical and spiritual “flavor” to what we read.

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