Summary: God’s Glory shown around the shepherds and it will shine once again around his sheep.
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Pastor James May
THE SHINING OF GOD’S GLORY
For centuries the land of Israel had prayed, hoped, sacrificed and waited for the coming of their Messiah. Literally millions of bulls, goats, sheep and other animals were sacrificed as a symbol of that Messiah and His sacrifice that would deliver them from the oppressive hands of their enemies and that would mark their sin debt, Paid In Full!
During all of those years Israel had known both times of peace and times of war; times of freedom and times of captivity; times of great joy and times of deepest sorrow.
In the times of peace and of war there were those common people who did their best to go about doing their daily routines as best they could. The very survival of the people depended largely upon the faithfulness of the common man to just continue doing his work no matter what was going on until the closeness of the conflicts would force him to leave his duties and seek safety.
The very survival of the church and the work of the gospel depend upon each of us doing our daily work for the Lord. Though the battles between men and nations may rage about us, we must continue to do our best to work in the harvest fields of our Lord.
All too often we hear of those who would tell us to horde money, weapons, food and water for the hard times ahead. While I believe in preparation and providing for your family’s needs, I think that the more important thing for us to be doing is to work for the salvation of lost souls and not stick our head in the sand and go into a defensive mode.
The Church that Jesus is coming after will be a victorious church, without spot or wrinkle, not some weak, emaciated church that is hiding in seclusion or cowering in fear!
Among those who continued to do their duty year after year in the land of Israel, there were those men and their families whose livelihood was one most of the disrespected jobs of all. They were the sheep herds and those who cared for the flocks of sheep, the herds of cattle and all of the other animals that were useful for food, for clothing and for the continuation of the rites of sacrifice unto God.
Most of the shepherds were accustomed to a life without much excitement and without much wealth. The live of the common shepherd consisted of nothing more than feeding, caring for, and protecting the flock of sheep under their control.