The Shepherds Take
Verse 8: Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
- Shepherds: The occupation of the Shepherd was the lowest position. There were people who had much and people who had little and the smelly shepherds where below them all. Yet, the creator of the Heavens chose to reveal Himself to them. Why? Because the Lord is the Lord of all both the great and the small. These are the smallest in man's eyes but they are great in the eyes of God. So too are you my friend. You are special and this same Jesus comes to you tonight and says, ''Come and see and come and know that our God is the greatest and He loves you.''
- Keeping watch: This was the first position with coverage going around the clock. The sheep were stupid and could even get in trouble in the middle of the night. But in darkness or in dark times this is when the enemy is at his best. He looks at whom he can devour so we human sheep need a night watchman and His name is Jesus the Christ.
Verse 9: And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
- An Angel: For a moment I want you to put yourself in these men's shoes or sandals. You are out in the far away country side and there are no lights, no cars, only your small little campfire. It is quiet as the sheep are lying down for the night. A few owls hooting in the distance but all is calm. You are standing there at the fire but warming your back side. The smells or the outdoors fill your nostrils with sweet aromas.
- Glory: Suddenly, there before your eyes is the splendor of God's glory sweeping circular and downward the light is bright, clean, and the light is sparling and radiating untainted colors of holiness. At first it is small but as it comes down from Heaven the spiral holiness of God stops right there in front of these lowest of all men. There i ...
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