DAY 8: The Shepherds
Read: Luke 2:8-20
Key Verse: Luke 2:15
So it was when the angels had gone away into Heaven that the shepherds said to one another, Let us go NOW to Bethlehem and see this thing that the Lord has made known to us. (NKJV)
2,000 years before this moment there had been a special promise given to Adam by God in the Garden of Eden that He would send a deliverer or a Saviour to redeem Israel. The fulfilment of that promise came one special night to humble shepherds who were out in the fields when suddenly the skies above them were filled with angels singing Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace, goodwill to all men.
Let us take note of who these shepherds were. They were often considered to be the outcasts of society, dirty, smelly because they dwelt in the field near the sheep all the time. I love the fact that in His earthly ministry these were the types of people Jesus chose to rub shoulders with.
Also the shepherds were a people who cared for their sheep. They chose to lie down in front of the sheepfold so that no wild animal could get in and devour the sheep. Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd and associates Himself with this practice.
John10:7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
And I love the reaction the shepherds had as our theme verse says let us go now to Bethlehem. There was urgency in their hearts; we just have to see this thing the Lord has shown us. A promise from years before had been fulfilled that very night and it revolutionised their way of life completely. The men who spent their lives in the field began to tell the people what God had revealed to them. Their visit would change them forever.
Luke 2:20 they returned glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen as it was told them.
By Glenis Irwin