When Shepherds Become Sheep & A Lamb Becomes A Shepherd! (1 of 2) by Dennis Marquardt

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SHEPHERD! (1 of 2)
Rev. Dennis Marquardt
Luke 2:1-20

A clear night sky, peaceful shepherds watching over
their flocks at night, a peaceful town called
Bethlehem at the outskirts of the big city Jerusalem,
joyful angels singing with beloved shepherds below
listening, a kind of holiday atmosphere everywhere,
Joseph and Mary lying comfortably next to the baby
Jesus on a bed of straw while animals peacefully
stroll around, the world is full of joy ... and ...
and ...
WAIT A MINUTE! This isn't the real story of the times,
this is 21st century Christmas pageant stuff, the real
story and the real world of that day was more like
* terrible political unrest, politicians were hated
and not trusted! They were quite corrupt! There were
moves to "throw the bums out of Jerusalem!"
* Overspending by big government had caused huge new
taxes to be created, hence the need for Joseph and
Mary to travel back to register for another round of
new taxes! The average wage earner couldn't keep a
decent standard of living any more!
* The religious institutions were getting more and
more involved with politics instead of meeting the
spiritual needs of the people!
* Divorce was a common problem, almost at the 50%
* Abortion was common, dead babies often seen floating
through open sewer lines in the cities!
* The court system was corrupt, criminals were
constantly going free on technicalities!
* Nations were constantly redrawing their boundaries,
there was a nervous peace around the world, especially
in the Middle East.
* The educated were denying miracles and the
supernatural, they believed that science and
technology were the best hopes for mankind and the
* The disparity between rich and poor was getting
greater and greater all the time.
This is hardly the picture of that first Christmas
most people have today however! Even ...

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