Friday, December 23, 2022

A Manger and Swaddling Clothes

Bobersvations' Column
Pastor Bob Lawrenz

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: It shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel.” ([spoken to the tempting serpent] Genesis 3:15)

An adversarial relationship is promised between “the seed of the woman,” and the seed of the serpent. Satan, Lucifer, and the Devil are monikers identifying this serpent in the verse. And the genealogy of Jesus contained in Luke 3 identifies Christ as a direct descendent of Eve, the wife of Adam from the earliest days of Earth. And it was another descendent of Eve’s of which the following verse was written:

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shown round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said until them, ‘Fear not: behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.’” (Luke 2:7-11)

From Genesis to Luke is a long time. But God’s words to the serpent offered no specific time frame for the promise to be fulfilled, and surely 4004 BC to about 4 BC is 4000 years, and that is a long time.

Numbers in the Bible do have some significance, and it’s noteworthy to know that 4 is the number of judgment and hardship in scriptures. The dates quoted above have come from study of genealogies in the Bible, and computerized retrograde studies of the mazzaroth (the movement of the starfield). The studies of the mazzaroth reveal a date of about 4 BC for an unusual star to appear in the sky, and the genealogies take us back to approximately 4004 BC, when the serpent tempted Eve.

For those of us that are “spiritually minded,” the evidence speaks of a fulfilled prophecy, for the seed of the woman is the One spoken of by the angel of the Lord who spoke to the shepherds. And there in a manger do we find Jesus the Christ, wrapped in swaddling clothes: Immanuel, or God-with-us. (Isaiah 7:14)

Christmas Eve Communion Service
Luke 1:26-56, 2:1-20 - "A Manger and Swaddling Clothes"

Tonight, we welcome you to our Christmas Eve service, along with a short reading of the Gospel’s record of the Birth of our Savior, Jesus, followed with Communion Service.

God’s eternal plan for world redemption was a perfectly synchronized program of events that centered on the Savior’s birth in Bethlehem. When you examine the details you are overwhelmed with the fact that it was not an afterthought with God. It was a carefully laid organizational plan of complexity. The apostle Paul in Galatians 4:4-5 tells us "when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons."

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