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 Vol. 4, No. 7 

July, 2002

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The Shepherds in the Field

By Mark McWhorter

Mark McWhorter It always amazes me how that even the smallest things in the Bible have meaning. Sometimes I can read something over and over and think that I have learned everything there is to be learned from the passage. But, more study will always bring more learning.

You are probably very familiar with the Bible account of Jesus' birth. You know that he was born in Bethlehem. You know that he was put in a manger. And you know that an angel appeared to shepherds in a field (Luke 2:8). This field is what I have just learned about.

Very near Bethlehem, there was a tower known as Midgal Eder. This name means, "watch-tower of the flock." This tower was the station where shepherds watched the flocks destined for sacrifice in the Temple in Jerusalem. The tower was on the road from Bethlehem to Jerusalem.

It is very likely that these are the shepherds who were told about the birth of Christ. These shepherds then went and saw the baby Jesus in the manger. They went about telling everyone what they had been told and what they had seen.

How interesting that the shepherds who were to take the sacrificial lambs to the Temple in Jerusalem were the first ones to see the True Sacrificial Lamb. And while they were delivering the lambs for sacrifice to the Temple, they were telling everyone that they had seen the Christ.

In about 33 years, Jesus would die on the cross and there would no longer be any need for all of those lambs to be sacrificed. As Luke 2:14 states, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Keep studying your Bible. Learn all you can from it. God gave it to us so that we can know his wisdom -- so that we can know what to do to obey him. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Speaking Circles Around

By Mark McWhorter

Adults sometimes discuss very important topics. When discussing important topics, a person should make sure that he has some understanding of what he is talking about. But sometimes a person will discuss something that he really does not understand much about. He will just keep saying the same thing over and over. He may change the wording but he really never changes the content of what he is saying. This is sometimes referred to as talking in circles.

At other times, a person may know much more about the topic than the other person. The person who knows much more can discuss the topic from many different angles. He can bring many things connected to the topic into the discussion, which the other person can neither answer nor even discuss. This is known as talking circles around someone.

In Titus 2:15, we read, "These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee." The Greek word translated 'despise' means 'talking around'.

We should make sure that we know the Scriptures well enough that we will not let those who do not know the Scriptures just talk in circles and confuse us. We should also know the Scriptures well enough that we do not let others talk circles around us. We should keep studying our whole lives so that we will always know how to answer those with false biblical arguments. [Also, studying God's Word will help us know how to obey God and live like he wants us to live. ~ Editor]

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