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Animal Parables

Animal Stories From The Bible

Good News Of A Great Joy

Posted by Harrison on November 16, 2013
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There were shepherds in the field watching over their flock by night.
“I bring you good news of a great joy!”

Luke, an outstanding historian, provides the most complete overview of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Its very likely that he interviewed Mary, and some of the shepherds who had witnessed the event, in order to provide such vivid detail of the angel’s words, and the reaction of all the participants.

Everything started with Mary and Joseph receiving the revelation of the coming Messiah. It was exciting news, but there was a problem, they lived in Nazareth. God, speaking through the prophet Micah, had promised that Bethlehem Ephrathah would be the birthplace of His King (Micah 5:2). God had to get Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem, almost 70 miles away, and about three days by foot under the best conditions – maybe several more days for someone traveling pregnant. This was not a journey one would make, especially late in a pregnancy, unless forced to by circumstances beyond their control.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

Posted by Harrison on November 4, 2013
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Surely goodness and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life.

No other Psalm is so universally known and loved as the 23rd. In just 6 short verses, it captures the wonderful completeness of God’s love for all his children.

The author, David, spent much of his formative years tending sheep for his father. He had plenty of time to study the relationship between sheep and shepherd. The sheep were completely dependent on David for food, protection, and water. Even the smallest lamb was precious, and a good shepherd was not willing to lose even one. In his time, and in that region, lambs were sometimes even raised as family pets. Such was the love and trust between sheep and the shepherd.

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He raised that little lamb and it grew up with his children.
He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter.

One day the prophet Nathan appeared before King David. He told David the story of two men. The first was very rich and owned many sheep and cattle. The second was very poor and worked very hard to buy one little lamb. He raised it as one of his children, and cuddled it like a baby in his arms. It drank from his cup and ate from his plate.

The rich man had a guest come to visit. Instead of killing one of his own animals, he came and took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for his guest.

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I have worked for 20 years and you have reduced my wages 10 times.
God has made me wealthy at your father’s expense.

Jacob bought Esau’s birthright and tricked his father Isaac into giving him the Blessing that belonged to his older brother. In fear of what Esau might do, Jacob ran away to the land of his mother, Rebekah, and started working for his Uncle Laban. Jacob had lived a very deceitful life and those seeds of deceit came to harvest under Laban. First, Jacob worked for 7 years to marry the younger daughter, Rachel. Instead, Laban tricked him into marrying the older one, Leah. This meant that Jacob had to serve him for 7 more years for the right to marry Rachel. During this long period of time Jacob was becoming a different man and turning his attention to God. (Genesis 25-29)

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