The Shepherd of the shepherds

Shepherds first to hear of Jesus, Shepherds in the field
Who received the first public proclamation about Christ's birth?

Shepherds. 

Interesting, don't you think? 

Why not kings or Old Testament scholars or famous and important people? 

Why simple shepherds? 

These were common working men, watching their sheep 24/7, without recognition, opportunities, or higher education. 

And we see two important factors in their story:

1. Jesus is not impressed by fame, fortune, or education. In fact, it is often the important person who shuns Him. 

Where is the wise man, teacher of the law, philosopher of the age? Hasn't God shown their wisdom to be foolishness? (1 Corinthians 1:20). 

2. These shepherds were prepared to receive the Lord. They "hurried" to see the baby Jesus. I believe they were men of prayer who pondered the coming of the Messiah as they lay beneath the stars in the same fields where the shepherd boy David once wrote the Psalms. 

Those who seek God will all their hearts will find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13)

4 comments:

  1. Most people would be intimidated by visiting a king or other important person. I think one reason God announced the great news of Christ's birth to the shepherds and then left the story of them coming to visit Jesus in the stable was to give us confidence to come before Him. We don't need to be of high standing. We can come just as we are, even tired and grungy from our work and lives. We don't have to be perfect because none of us are. He welcomes each one of us I'm so thankful!!

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    1. yes, Joan. Wonderful truths in what you've written. Thanks.
      Gail : )

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  2. I often think of my dad, a man who left school at 12 years to go work on his fathers wheat farm (his father saw no point in education). As an adult he became a farmer and grew apples. Perhaps in days gone by he might have been a shepherd. My dad is a simple man with complete faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He doesn't need a fancy degree to understand the Word of God and when he talks you can hear and feel that love unlike others who might be highly educated but has lost their personal touch with God.

    PS thanks for stopping by the other day.

    Blessings.

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    1. Thanks for sharing about your father, Joluise. It is so true that degrees and education have nothing to do with faith. God speaks to hearts that are open and humble.
      Gail

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