The second antinomy in the message heralding Christ’s birth centered on his appearance in the Temple at 40 days. The aged Simeon and Anna surfaced there. Two senior saints, who faithfully followed God’s word and waited for God’s Son. Young adults didn’t surface there, though devoted to Moses.
Because the ancients observed the Law’s sacrifices while embracing personal faith in God. And the young hadn’t yet developed the spiritual maturity to look beyond the forms of Moses to his substance, beyond his types to the Anti-Type held in Simeon’s arms.
The third antinomy surrounding Christ’s nativity centered on the Wise Men. News of Christ’s birth came first to them—philosophers/astrologers—in Mesopotamia, not to priests and rabbis in Jerusalem. A strange reversal. Since the priests KNEW Bethlehem as Messiah’s birthplace, shouldn’t they have been told first? Since the wise men had to ask, shouldn’t they have been told later? End Part II
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