Shepherds and Wise Men

Have you ever thought about those who showed up at the manger so long ago?

Shepherds and wise men.

One group followed a star and the other followed the announcement made by angels.
They were being obedient to the Heavenly Realms.

Shepherds were on the bottom rung of Jewish society. They were both physically and ritually dirty, which kept them isolated – outcasts. They couldn’t even testify in a court of law and had nothing to give. The wise men, on the other hand, are depicted as respected and wealthy and came with lavish gifts.

The disparity between a wise man and a shepherd was more than just life style or ethnicity yet the differences actually show
the vast expanse of God’s invitation – it truly is for all.

Regardless of their diversity, they were obedient to the call – from a far off place and from around the corner, so to speak.

We sometimes become uncomfortable with the word obedient. I think we make it complicated when it’s so simple.

Anyone can take one step. And the truth is, the most amazing journeys all begin just like that. A more wondrous truth is that when we seek Him, God is faithful in leading us to find Him.

…He rewards those who earnestly seek Him,
Hebrews 11:6 NIV

Christmas Blessings, Francine

2 comments:

    On 7:12 AM Cami said...

    Ah...may I speak here for the last two days (I missed commenting yesterday, one of those, "I don't want to ruin it moments"); Praise the Lord for YOUR obedience. Ministers need ministry, too--thank you for sharing the truth and beauty of Christ's very real love for us.

     
    On 7:34 AM Francine said...

    Thank you, Cami.

     
 
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