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Nativity Misconception – Children Shepherds?

IMG_2199We learned last week about the donkey and the lamb at the birth of Jesus.  Now let’s talk about the shepherds.  We visualize the shepherds surrounding Jesus as scruffy middle age men.

But where they?

Something came to my attention the other day.  I listened to a tape by Ray Vanderlaan.  Awesome, by the way.  But in his talk he said that in the Middle Eastern culture, the adults do not shepherd the sheep.   They let the KIDS tend the sheep.  Most of these kids are girls because they aren’t allowed to be educated.  Or perhaps really young boys.

Remember David?  Some scholars believe that David was as young as 8 when Samuel anointed him King of Israel, but he didn’t take the throne of Judah until he was 30 years old!  Why?  Because he was only a child!  He had a lot of growing up to do.

So, the angels that appeared to the shepherds may have really appeared to CHILDREN.


What did Jesus say?

“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matt 18:2


“Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from COMING TO ME; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matt 19:14

Why?  Because kids would trust the angels and not stand there arguing about whether or not to leave.  They would drop what they were doing with the sheep and RUN to see the true Lamb of God.  And they would BELIEVE.

Trust.  Go.  Believe.

So, the next time you see a Nativity with a bunch of old shepherds around the manger . . .

. . .picture them a lot younger.

And some with really long hair.

And remember when the true Lamb calls.

Trust, Go, and Believe.

Become like children.

Because the Lamb wants to be seen by you too.

Merry Christmas.


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