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Discussion in 'Political/Religious Topics' started by grizcty, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. grizcty

    grizcty God, Guns, Glory Forum Contributor

    The First to Hear

    Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. —Luke 2:8–9

    When God’s Son was born in a manger in Bethlehem, an unlikely group was the first to hear the news. If it had been up to me, I would have chosen to dispatch an angel to the court of Caesar Augustus. “You call yourself the savior of the world, Caesar? Well, check this out. The real Savior of the world has been born!”

    Or, the angel could have appeared to the high priest, scribes, and scholars and announced the news that the Savior had been born.

    Instead, God chose to deliver His message to shepherds who were “living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night” (Luke 2:8). To be a shepherd in that culture was to be at the bottom of the social ladder. Shepherds were despised—so much so that the testimony of a shepherd wasn’t allowed in a court of law.

    Shepherds basically did the work that no one else wanted to do. They had dirt under their fingernails. They were hardworking. And they probably felt right at home when they learned that this baby was born in lowly circumstances. They would have related to this. God was speaking their language.

    This became the modus operandi of Christ throughout His ministry. He always went to the outcasts, to the hurting, to the ordinary people. He went to people like the woman at the well who had been ostracized because of her multiple marriages and divorces. He went to people like the tax collector Zacchaeus who was perceived by his fellow Jews as a traitor. Our Lord always had time for people like that. He was described as the friend of sinners.

    In the same way, those lowly, despised shepherds who kept watch over their flocks, were visited by the Lord.
     
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  2. neophyte

    neophyte Wonderment :) Forum Contributor

    grizcty: Sir; expanding. New readers; through Luke; we find


    Luke 2:9

    6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
     
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  3. neophyte

    neophyte Wonderment :) Forum Contributor

  4. Watched a pretty good movie the other night called YOUNG MESSIAH. It is a fictional portrayal of the young Jesus as a child trying to account for the things he knows and can do. Pretty good flic to watch with everyone in the family.
     
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