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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Shepherds Watching


December 22, 2010

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord
appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and
they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is
Christ the Lord."
-- Luke 2:8-11

Shepherds and the glory of the Lord in the same sentence.
Shepherds enjoyed a great heritage in Israel with Abraham, Moses,
and David as notable shepherds and God being identified through
Psalm 23 as a great shepherd. But by this time in Israelite
history, they were not highly regarded. They smelled like sheep.
They spent their time with sheep. They were not really clean and
religious enough to be considered spiritual. So when God chose to
announce the birth of Jesus to shepherds with his contingent of
angels he makes his point clear: Everyone is loved by God, everyone
has access to God, and everyone is desired by God.

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