GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST
LUKE 2: 1 - 20
JESUS CHRIST's birth was preceded by the most remarkable
physical and biological phenomenon human history has ever known.
In addition to His ancestry being foretold hundreds of years in
advance, and the time and place of His birth being revealed
centuries in advance, it was predicted that He would be born of
a virgin. Any person familiar with the basis of natural
procuration knows this is a physical impossibility. Yet Isaiah
said He would be born of a virgin. He was in fulfillment of the
prophecy contained in Genesis regarding Him crushing the head of
the serpent in the role of the seed of "woman."
"Long lay the world in sin and error pinning till..."
On His natal night in fields near Bethlehem shepherds were
watching their flocks. An angel of the Lord appeared to them and
the "glory of the Lord shone round about them," and the angel
said, "Glory to God in the Highest."
GLORY! There is a Hebrew word that does not appear in the Bible
used by Jews and Christians alike to describe something that is
in Bible. It is "SHEKINAH." It means "that which dwells." It is
used to speak of the O.T. presence of God with His people in the
cloud and fire that guided Israel. The Shekinah was above the
Ark of the Covenant. It was in Solomon's temple. Because of sin
among His people Ezekial saw the Shekinah of the Lord depart. In
connection with the birth of Christ it reappeared.
In announcing the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist, theold
priest in the temple, Zacharias, saw the angel of the Lord on
His right side. This is the side reserved for God (Luke 1 ...
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