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For the Last Days of Christmas: The Tower of the Flock

BY  | JAN 10, 2020 | ENCOUNTER |

Millenia ago, in the ancient times of Jacob and Rachel, Bethlehem was called Ephrath. Jacob buried his beloved Rachel there, “beyond the tower of Eder,” after she died giving birth to Benjamin (Genesis 35:19-21). The Tower of Eder was Migdal-Eder, or the Tower of the Flock.

Ruth and Boaz gleaned wheat and married in this same area (Ruth 4:11-13). King David was born and crowned king of Israel there by Samuel (1 Samuel 16), and Bethlehem Ephrath, meaning, house of bread of fruitfulness, later came to be known as the City of David.

Joseph and Mary, as David’s descendants, were in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ immanent birth, because the Roman government had ordered everyone to their ancestral hometown for census and taxation. As was prophesied, Jesus was a direct descendant from the line of David, born in his city:

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Jesus, Lamb of God

Jesus, Lamb of God,
when you walked this earth
you did not consider
heavenly equality,
though that was yours to choose,
but took the role of servant,
and in humility
and obedience
allowed the rough nails of our sin
to be hammered into your flesh
for the sake of our salvation.
And so it is
that we acknowledge you
as Lord of all,
to the glory of God the Father,
Son and Spirit, Three.


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