Baby in a Manger
Edith Schaeffer, in Christianity is Jewish, points out something I never thought of before: “…when you have followed the lamb throughout the Old Testament as we have just done…where else would a lamb be born than in a stable? And so the picture became perfect: this one who was to be the great Shepherd of all the sheep of His fold, this one who was going to lay down His life for His sheep, had come to be the Lamb, the long expected Lamb, who indeed would be the atonement. What a perfect place for a the detail-perfect God to choose for the birth of the Lamb!” She says the fact that the birth of the Lamb was first announced to shepherds only adds to the beauty of this picture!
A few years ago I learned from a bible study speaker that Jesus was probably NOT born in an actual stable, but most likely in the section of a family member’s house where the animals were brought into at night. Check out this website or this one for more information. Reading the Bible (and not Christmas plays) and considering the culture at the time gave me a whole new mental image of the story!
- What attributes of God did you see in today’s narration? (suggestions — God fulfills all His promises. God knows everything even before it happens. The fact that God fulfilled His promise to send a Savior shows us that He cares for and loves mankind. It is God who made this provision for man—not man doing something which causes God to save us.)
- Do you think Mary or Joseph knew or remembered the little verse tucked away in Micah (Micah 5:2) about the Savior being born in Bethlehem? (Somehow I doubt it was on their mind :))
- When the angels appeared to the shepherds, who did they say Jesus was? (They said Jesus was the Savior.)
- Do you remember some promises that God gave long before this, that were about the Savior? (God promised Adam and Eve that He would send a Savior; also He gave His promise to Abraham and David, and even to other prophets.)
For more information on the tradition of using a Jesse Tree for Advent, please visit this Squidoo page!
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Main Resources used for this Jesse Tree Study:
* The Story of God and Man a booklet that goes through “narrations” of scripture, starting at the beginning, and brings you through a biblical worldview while building up the story of our Savior. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about getting a copy.
*CRI’s Jesse Tree Scripture Reading List