Who is this Man?
8th December 2019
With Peter Veysie
- What do shepherds do?
They have been around for thousands of years. We began as hunters and gatherers.
They were important people – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Jesse, David, Amos and many more were all shepherds.
They were highly skilled:
Lover of the sheep
Muso’s – David
- God’s imagery as a Shepherd
Genesis 48:15 The God who has been my Shepherd.
Isaiah 40:11 Tends his flock like a Shepherd
Jeremiah 31:10 Watches over His flock
John 10:9-11 The thief and the shepherd
1 Sam 16:1-13 David the Shepherd in Bethlehem.
Isaiah 53:6,7 We all, like sheep, have gone astray.
John 10: 27 My sheep know my voice.
- Be aware of deception – wolves in sheep’s clothing!!! Lots of this around today.
- Why Shepherds at the birth of Jesus?
Shepherds out in the fields – Temple shepherds preparing unblemished lambs for the temple at the time of the birth of Jesus. It was quite likely that Jesus was born around March/April 4BC during the time of Passover. The area was called Migdal Eder – The tower of the flock. Genesis 35:21 and Micah 4:8. Jesus the Shepherd.
Unblemished lambs were expensive and therefore these shepherds were well paid but not the typical guys who would come to the birth of a child.
- An Angel of the Lord appears to them and not the religious rulers of the time.
Do not be afraid – Angels were obviously big and intimidating.
They Brought GOOD NEWS of great joy. It would have been both challenging and exciting news because they would have been waiting for the coming Messiah and knew that their time would be up in that they no longer needed to sacrifice lambs!!!
The angel gave them a sign – A baby lying in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes.
They worship along with the Angels. Just imagine what that must have been like!
They hurried off to see the Messiah and they would have never left their sheep behind.
They found it, just like the angel had said, and they return – dbeing the first evangelists and sharing the good news. And their lives would never be the same again.