“Shepherds” Came to Jesus?

I was doing other work, but I had to stop when I saw this article about the “shepherds” who came to see Jesus.

However, in a biblical times like today, preteen girls are usually shepherds. Sometimes they shepherd with an even younger brother sitting on the donkey with her. They lead the family’s flocks for 20 or more miles from home to find food.

The article goes on to give an excellent and poignant description of how a real set of sheep followed one modern shepherd girl, highlighting the difference between sheep and goats, and urging us to both follow like sheep and to recognize the voice of our heavenly shepherd.

It’s a great article, but it reminded me of Megan Rebeckah Cupit’s The Promise, which tells the story of another young shepherd girl whose trip back from the sheepfold was interrupted by news that would transform history.

“Hail, highly favored one. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.” … “You will bring forth a Son, and you will call his name Jesus.”

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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