And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”
by: Steve Osborn.
Some things seem a little redundant—like saying ATM machine, false pretense, or please RSVP. What about dedicating God to God? If we think about it, that is what happened in this passage when Mary and Joseph presented Jesus to God at the temple with a sacrifice of purification. Ultimately, it was more about Mary and Joseph’s obedience. And yet, it was an important part of the process of Jesus being born and raised as a man in the Jewish tradition. Even in this, we can see the wisdom of God at work as we know that because Jesus was human, just like we are, yet did not sin (Hebrews 4:15), He was qualified to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins.