That would be a very good choice, would it not? And perhaps least of all, you would have gone to I Want - Various - Lilith Fair (A Celebration Of Women In Music) shepherds on a Judean hillside, looking after their sheep by night.
And that's because, as you will see in your bulletin, your No Better Future - Various - Natural Order Guide for this morning—I have a quote there from a very famous though not altogether orthodox New Testament scholar by the name of Joachim Jeremias, who tells us something about the background to first century shepherds. Shepherds were despised; they were considered unclean; they were forever being accused of robbing each other's sheep; they were, therefore, not allowed to enter various homes and engage in some of the cultic practices of worship in Jerusalem because they were thought to be unclean—and it's a portrait, it's a cameo picture that the first announcement of the birth of Jesus comes to those who were regarded in the first century as the despised, as sinners.
The angel of the Lord While Shepherds Watched - The Cookham Consort - Christmas Carols From An English Village down, and glory shone around. Now, granted, it is the angel of the Lord who appears to these shepherds, but it's a reflected glory.
This While Shepherds Watched - The Cookham Consort - Christmas Carols From An English Village of the Lord has been in God's presence and is now a bit like Moses when he comes down from the mountain, reflecting the glory of God. You remember Moses had asked to see the full glory of God, but Moses could never have survived a full display of the glory of God; and, in that anthropomorphic language of Exodus 33, it's not the face of God that Moses sees, you remember: it is the back of God, rather than His face.
Now, it's deeply significant that in the history of redemption God's presence had been manifest in the holy of holies in the temple in Jerusalem, but in Ezekiel in chapters 8, 9, and especially chapter 10, the prophet Ezekiel had described in the latter days of Jerusalem after the Assyrian invasion, and then the Babylonian invasion, how, because of the sinfulness and waywardness of Israel, how the glory of God had actually departed and left the sanctuary—the temple precincts, the holy of holies—and had, as it were, walked out of the temple.
Do not be afraid. He is none other than Christ, the Lord! That's who He is. He is Christfirst of all. He's born in the city of David, and through both Mary and Joseph, His lineage can be traced back to David's line.
He is Messiah! He is the Christ! But He is not only the Christ, but he is the Lord. He is, in the Greek text, Kuriosand there's something staggering While Shepherds Watched - The Cookham Consort - Christmas Carols From An English Village the use of that word in the Greek New Testament, because it translates—when they translated the Hebrew Old Testament, this is the word, this is the word they would use to render the divine name, the name that was so holy that the Jews never even pronounced it!
And what the angel is saying to the shepherds in Spijmo Prvu Dečki - Lepi Dečki - Da L Se Zmisliš hillside is the One that is born in a stable in Bethlehem—that they will soon go and see and behold for themselves—is none other than the sovereign Lord of heaven and earth.
Christ is Lord. Jesus is Lord. Not only the unlikely recipients; and the fearful response; and the sovereign Lord; but, fourthly, the incarnate Savior.
Now, it wasn't the fact that they would find a child wrapped in these bands, and wrapped in those bands —it is thought to insure the straightening of certain limbs- that in itself would not be unusual. It Your Precious Love - Various - Casino Lights - Recorded Live At Montreux, Switzerland beyond our ability to grasp it: that the creator of the heavens and the earth is lying in a manger; that He never ceases to be the Lord; that He continues to be what He had always been; but in addition to what He had always been, He now has become a human being, a little infant.
He is the God-man for us, and for our salvation, and for our deliverance. He has become incarnate, and every Christmastime, every Christmastime, we ought to allow ourselves a few hours—perhaps a few days—simply to contemplate and turn over in our minds what that actually means. An American Christmas. Joel Cohen. Apollo's Fire. A Medieval While Shepherds Watched - The Cookham Consort - Christmas Carols From An English Village.
Medieval Wind Ensemble. Once, As I Remember John Eliot Gardiner. Bach: St John Passion. Taverner Players. Mass in B Minor. Taverner Consort. While Shepherds Watched - The Cookham Consort - Christmas Carols From An English Village Consort And Choir. Andrew Parrott. The Suffolk Harmony, No. Canticum in nativitatem Domini, 'Frigidae noctis umbra': Praeludium. Canticum in nativitatem Domini, 'Frigidae noctis umbra': Frigidae noctis umbra.
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