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"Christmas and the Sign of the Swaddling" - Dr. Jimmy DeYoung

"The miraculous birth of Jesus is recorded for us in two of the four Gospels, Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2.  In Luke 2:12, we find the angel of the Lord announcing the birth of the Messiah to the shepherds in the field, and giving a sign to the shepherds. "And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." 

"For the longest time I could not understand why that would be a "sign" to the shepherds.  Then one day I ran across a comment about the connection to the sign in a place in the Shepherd's Fields call the "Tower of the Flock." In Hebrew, the phrase is, "Migdal Edar." Migdal is Hebrew for tower, and Edar is flock.  The phrase is only used twice in the Bible - Genesis 35:21 and Micah 4:8."

"In Genesis, Migdal Edar is referring to the location where Jacob pitched his tent after he buried his wife Rachel.  Migdal Edar is on the road between Bethlehem, where Rachel is buried, and the city of Jerusalem, which is only three miles away.  The other mention of Migdal Edar in Micah 4:8 is a prophecy that the announcement of the Messiah would be at this tower of the flock." 

"Migdal Edar was a watchtower in the Shepherd's Fields of Bethlehem.  It was a two-story stone structure out in the fields.  On the top story, a shepherd of the tribe of Levi would stand watch over the flock to make certain that the sheep were not being harmed.  The sheep raised in the Shepherd's Fields of Bethlehem were destined to be sacrificied in the Temple.  These sheep must be without spot or blemish in order to be sacrificed."

"The bottom floor of Migdal Edar was for the birthing of these lambs.  From the beginning, these lambs must be perfect.  The priestly shepherd would take the newborn lamb and wrap it in swaddling clothes to keep it from harming its limbs.  After wrapping the baby lamb, the shepherd would lay it in a manger until the newborn had calmed down."

"These priestly shepherds knew this procedure and, when told it would be a sign, they recalled Micah 4:8 and with haste, Luke 2:16, ran to see the newborn Jesus, the Son of God!"

~ Taken from an article by Dr. Jimmy DeYoung and the Bible Broadcasting Network ~

May we remain in awe of the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, just as the shepherds were over two thousand years ago.  Merry Christmas from CBH Insurance Agency, Inc.





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