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The Angels and God’s Glory

John 10:11; “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”

Circa BC 4

Herod the Great was living in Jericho when the magi paid him an unexpected visit asking where they could find the King of the Jews. That visit was all it took to put Herod’s paranoia over the edge. At the same time in Rome, Caesar Augustus was pretending he was the savior of the world.

Meanwhile, the Messiah was given birth to in a little town called Bethlehem. No fanfare from the locals, or national holidays called for. However, on the outskirts of town, God summoned a miraculous event to take place on the hillsides of Judea that neither Herod, nor Caesar could reproduce if they tried.

Unbeknownst to everyone, a group of shepherds were sitting in a dark field taking a well deserved respite from another long day. Suddenly and out of nowhere, the Christmas 7blackened sky turned ablaze with the thundering voice of an angel from heaven.

Luke 2:9-10; “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”


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The Shepherds and Their Sheep

Today and tomorrow we’re looking at the exciting events of Holy Night! Today we’re taking a look at the life of a shepherd. Who were they and what does their story have to do with you personally? You’ll be amazed as we take a deeper look at what this message means – I know I was!

1 Samuel 17:15; “But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.”

shepherds-fieldFrom the days of Jacob living in Egypt with his sons, shepherding had been the family business. Genesis 46:34 While the Bible gives us stories of great heroes who were shepherds, David, Amos, Abel, Abraham, and Isaac, society looked down on them. The stereotype of the hireling shepherd being shiftless, uneducated, and worthless, was general knowledge that had been passed from one generation to the next for centuries.


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