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Finding our way to the bread of life. Luke 2:7-20. Staying out in the fields by night. Owner or hired hand ? John 10:11, 14 Opportunity to steal from owner. Laws of commerce Violated purity laws. Lev 11:26 Contact with unclean animals Laws of worship. Three areas restricted.

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staying out in the fields by night
Staying out in the fields by night
  • Owner or hired hand?John 10:11, 14
    • Opportunity to steal from owner.
    • Laws of commerce
  • Violated purity laws. Lev 11:26
    • Contact with unclean animals
    • Laws of worship
three areas restricted
Three areas restricted
  • Laws of commerce. No one could purchase wool, milk or lambs from shepherds in open fields.
  • Laws of worship. Shepherds could not worship without first being ritually “washed and cleansed.”
  • Laws of testimony. Shepherds could not testify in court; assumed to be liars.
    • “Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus,” by Joachin Jeremias (Fortress Press, 1969)
rabbis list of despised occupations
Rabbis’ list of “despised occupations”
  • Gamblers, by profession (thievery)
  • Usurer (lent money at high interest rates)
  • Pigeon fliers (racing pigeons - gambling)
  • Tax collector (thievery)
  • Shepherd (Genesis 46:33)
  • “Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus,” by Joachin Jeremias (Fortress Press, 1969)
good news for all the people
Good news … for all the people.
  • Luke 2:10 – those informed of the birth:
    • Shepherds – lowest of the low.
    • Magi – highest of the high.
  • For you…
    • 2:11
    • 2:12
what was the good news
What was the Good news?
  • 2:10: Great joy for all the people.
    • Comes after a God-event. Fruit of God.
      • Galatians 5:22
      • Joy of God. John 15:11, 17:13
  • 2:17-18
a savior has been born
A Savior has been born.
  • Luke 4:17-19 … . And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 18  "THE SPIRIT OF THELORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, 19 TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THELORD."
how did the shepherds find their way
How did the shepherds find their way?
  • They decided to go – having been informed:
      • … the Lord has made known to us. 2:15
the barriers to going
The barriers to going:
  • Fear (2:10):
    • Fear of failure (2:12)
    • Fear of rejection;
      • others invited not let them in.
      • Bearers of shame.
    • Fear of offending others; unclean.
the barriers to going1
The barriers to going:
  • Practicalities of life:
    • Sheep: who will take care of the sheep?
        • Pay the bills, feed the kids.
    • Not in their comfort zone.
        • Shepherds didn’t hold babies.
how did the shepherds find their way1
How did the shepherds find their way?
  • They took the first step.
      • They went straight. 2:15
      • With haste. 2:16
        • Every next step was easier and faster.
how did the shepherds find their way2
How did the shepherds find their way?
  • They looked until they found the child.
    • 2:12, 16; a baby in a manger.