Shepherds abide in the field.

Shepherd watch your flock by night.

To those who would be wise….Stay ready….he was already home in a prepared place when you arrive.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Luke 2:8

Abel was a “keeper of sheep”.  The second son of Adam.  The first testimony from the earth because his blood shed by the hand of his brother cried out from the ground.  “I am a martyr a testimony of blood.  Yet not innocent as the lamb that was his offering. 

God respected or looked upon Abel’s offering with compassion, but not so with his brother’s. 

Abel’s brother, Cain was a tiller of the ground.  A farmer and a shepherd, they are brothers.  Cain the eldest tilled the ground the ground brought forth fruit.

Should Cain have seen that the very fruit of his labors was feeding the sheep?   That the sheep contained the fruit of Cain’s labors.

Was Cain anger because he had worked harder than Abel and his offering should have been more pleasing?

What a scene of unity would have been if Cain and Abel would have come into one accord and stood at the altar and prayed…..

LORD GOD we come as brothers before your altar.  You have given seed.  I have toiled within this earth making ready the soil good for the seed.  I have tended this field, planted the seed.  I covered the seed and you gave the increase.  I waited on you LORD GOD and you have provided the harvest.  We bring before you LORD GOD this innocent lamb, fed by your increase and offered as our substitute.  You LORD GOD have clothed us first, making the beginning sacrifice yourself.  We offer back to you this day LORD a sacrifice pleasing to you.  My brother has watched through the night that no harm came to the seed inside of this young lamb.  The seed has born fruit in this lamb for we have looked and the lamb is spotless, the best of the flock.  We do not offer you the work of our own hands or care but return to you what you have so freely given.

 We ask you blessing on our offering.

What ever you ask in my name the name of the Perfect Sacrifice, the Lamb of God it shall be given unto you.

Shepherds heard the first “birth announcement” from messengers of heaven.

What message do you take back from the manger?  A baby is born or a Seed is Given?

The only thing that can make a shepherd leave his natural flock is to hear a sound from heaven.  Go, seeking a Lamb born in a manger.  The Lamb of God laying in the very place they eat.

Was this Christ child saying I am the Bread of Heaven, take eat?

Jesus came as peaceful as a lamb, he came with a sword of Truth a Good Shepherd rightly dividing darkness from Light.

If judgement begins at the house of God, could God be heralding a message to shepherds in these last days?

What of those who till the ground, digging and plowing for the sake of the Seed?  Looking, watching to know the wisdom of dying to live.  Wise, ready, trimmed and filled with oil for the journey.  Lamps ablaze by the Light of the Star of Bethlehem.

Shepherds left all that was natural on a supernatural Word.

Wise men traveled following Light.

Rod those who speak a hard word for the good.

Staff those who comfort, lead and guide by the Word.

Gold those refined by the fire revealed by the Light of the Word.

Frankenscense those who pray offering a sweet perfume drawn from the Word.

Myrrh those who speak the Word when it is received as bitter but willing die for the sweet reward of those born again by the Power of the Word.

All in one accord seeing and hearing they came to seek One who offered Himself to the world.

Swaddle the Word in your heart this Christmas. 

1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Just randoms thoughts that danced through my head?