Bible Commentary: “Shepherds and Angels” The Days Of ChristmasDecember 18, 2015 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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We are counting the days until Christmas and we here at Word of Encouragement would like to spend this time together reviewing the prophecies and scriptures concerning the birthday of our King and seeing how they might apply to us today and seeing what encouragement we can receive from them.
“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. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them” (Luke 2:8-20 NKJV).
Let’s imagine this scene for a moment; here are a bunch of shepherds on a hillside, probably sitting around a small campfire. The sheep are gently snoring in the field and the men are playing cards, talking about what they are going to do when they get back to town or just staring up at the night sky counting stars. Suddenly the whole night sky is lit up and an angel is talking to them. The calm and peace of the evening is shattered by this momentous event. The angel calms them down and delivers his message then the whole sky is ablaze as a host of angels join the original with trumpet blasts and singing. Then, just as suddenly as they came, the angels are gone. What would you do if such an event happened to you? How would you react? These shepherds react in two amazing ways! First, they say to each other, ” “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us” (Luke 2:8-20 NKJV). What’s amazing about this? Who told them the news? Angels. Who do they say told them the news? The Lord! They just have seen special effects in the night sky that the movies cannot duplicate and they attribute it to God. The angels do not even receive recognition. Second, they leave the sheep that they are in charge of to go see what the Lord told them about. This is unheard of, their sole purpose in life is to guard those sheep and they leave them unattended. God watched over those sheep while the shepherds went to visit with His Son. Then the shepherds come back rejoicing over what they had heard and seen.
Child of God – God made a birth announcement, as only He can, to His own kind, shepherds, saying come see my Son who is the Good Shepherd. God has never changed. Every day He makes the same announcement, “Come See My Son! Worship and adore Him”. If we are as wise as those shepherds on that hill we will go see what the Lord has told us about. Then we will return with Joy and Praise for what we have seen and heard.
Lord, give me eyes to see you in your magnificence. I want to be like the shepherds not only to go and see you but also to go and tell others about you, so they can come and adore you also. Amen.
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