Luke 2:1 Arrogant and Egocentric

Luke 2:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

Mankind is so arrogant and egocentric. Caesar Augustus decreed that “all the world” should be taxed. True, Rome was a large empire. They did rule a large part of the Middle East as well as some portion of Europe. They had fingers that reached into what became the British Isles and had some influence as far south as Egypt. But. in its greatest day, Rome controlled just a fraction, a tiny piece of all the world.

In many respects they didn’t even control those places they believed to be under their thumb. They never converted the Jews, for instance, into their paganism. They had a presence in Israel. The children of God were in no position to run them out. But Rome was in no position to push them either.

What we see in the account is that there was one in control of all the world. God superintended through the dominion of Rome and the rebellion of Israel to deliver to all the world, in a manner no man could duplicate, a Saviour – Jesus Christ.

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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