|Nativity Alphabet by Krista Hamrick|
Krista Hamrick's beautiful original art print, Nativity Alphabet, has so inspired me. Each of the 26 words in the Nativity Alphabet are so intricately painted, almost like stained glass windows. My heart has been drawn to write 26 Devotions Focusing on Christ in the Nativity Alphabet.
Biblical scholars have a theory that Jesus was born in a manger at Migdal Eder, not in a cave behind a crowded inn. Migdal Eder is known as the “Tower of the Flock” located not far outside Bethlehem. Pastor Mark Spansel offers the theory on the birthplace of Jesus based on the writings of Alfred Edersheim (1825—1889), who was a Jewish convert to Christianity and a Biblical scholar known especially for his book, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah.
This theory places Jesus’ birth in the traditional location for Passover lambs to be born. Fitting, since He became the Passover Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. It explains how the shepherds knew where to go to find the newborn babe — and why it being wrapped in swaddling clothes would be significant clue. Finally, it explains why those shepherds were notified as it was their holy calling to certify Passover lambs upon birth. In this way, we see that Jesus was born away in a manger, in the “tower of the flock,” Migdal Eder, surrounded by holy shepherds, set apart to certify the birth of the ultimate Passover Lamb.
Look In—as you meditate on Revelation 21:21-24 …pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."
Look Out—as you meditate on Revelation 21:21-24 …pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.
* If you liked this post, you’ll love this book – Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ