Luk 2:21 And when eight days were completed , he was curcumcised, and was named Jesus, what the angel had called him before he was conceived in the womb.
Luk 2:22 And when the days of their purification were completed according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present to the Lord
Luk 2:23 just like what is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb will be called holy to the Lord”
Luk 2:24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was communicated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
dedicating new life
Every firstborn male born of an Israelite was holy to the Lord, and thus a priest. Even though the Levites were chosen to officiate at the tabernacle/temple, this reality was still celebrated by the offering that Mary and Joseph participated in. It was a way of celebrating new life, and showing that the new life is dedicated to God and his word.
LORD, thank you for our children. We dedicate them all to you.