Why would Mary and Joseph offer “turtle doves” in Luke 2:24?

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When Jesus was “presented” in Jerusalem by Mary and Joseph, the sacrifice made was “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons”:

Luke 2: 22 When the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 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.”

But in Matthew when the Magi found Jesus:

Matthew 2: 11 They came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Why such an offering when they were given such gifts?


  • Varnel Watson
    Reply December 25, 2016

    Varnel Watson

    Cause they were poor?

  • Charles Page
    Reply December 25, 2016

    Charles Page

    Didn’t have prosperity fairh

  • Street Preacherz
    Reply December 25, 2016

    Street Preacherz

    They sold out of socks?

  • Reply December 25, 2016

    Steven Brent Taylor

    The offerings Joseph and Mary made because they were poor.

  • Reply December 30, 2022

    Hein Bertram

    They were very poor. he Magi arrived about two years later. The gold, frankincense and myrrh made it possible for God to send His Son to Egypt in order to preserve Him so that He could call Him out of Egypt in order to deliver His people.

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