Some have asked why I have spent two years filming shepherds. The answer is that the Bible is full of them! Abraham lived as a shepherd in the land of Canaan. When Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, moved his sons and their families to Egypt, they were asked by Pharaoh, “What is your occupation?” “Your servants are shepherds,” they replied to Pharaoh, “just as our fathers were.” Genesis 47:3.
Centuries later the shepherd Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and the shepherd Joshua led them into the land of promise, where God anointed the shepherd boy, David, to be their king. Almost 300 years later the prophet Micah predicted that “one who would be ruler over Israel” would be born in Bethlehem, and “He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD!” Micah 5:2,4. Then after another 700 years passed, the angels announced the birth of Jesus–not to the political or religious leaders, but to shepherds tending their flocks in the fields near Bethlehem.
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11
My family and I rejoice and celebrate with you the birth of our Savior, Immanuel! God with us, seeking us for His own… “For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and overseer of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:25. Today’s video short explains, in shepherding terms, why God was born a man in Bethlehem – he came to save us!
God’s richest blessings to you,