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Christmas, Shepherds Husband & Wife? by NewtonStein at Ministers-Best-Friend.com

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Could it be the Shepherds Addressed By Angels Were Husband And Wife?
Christmas Story Fabulous Fact-7

Without any degree of doubt, nomadic Shepherds were Husbands & Wives & Children & Parents: was it a “Husband & Wife addressed by the Angel?
Read carefully:

"WHY O WHY - my 'sexist Brethren' - do we ASSUME these were 'men'?” Please read the following Scripture and you'll see 'MEN" are neither mentioned nor even hinted!

Lu 2:8 And there were in the same country SHEPHERDS ABIDING in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. [Shepherds with spouses, children, parents/grandparents in some cases and Sheep Dogs in all cases!]

Luk 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

Luk 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to ALL PEOPLE. [Younger, older, children, grandparents, male & female, poor & rich: ALL!]

Luk 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Lu 2k:12 And this shall be a SIGN unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in SWADDLING CLOTHES lying in a manger.

Lu 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Lu 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Lu 2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

Lu 2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. Let us clarify one factor:

MAJOR NOTE! Whether or not there were Children, with their pet-sheep-dogs, their Mothers, their Grandparents, and likely some Great-Grandparents

DOES NOT DEPEND UPON the Angel’s Annunciation about the Babe Wrapped in Swaddling Clothes being made to Lady Shepherds!

There are several ‘unknown factors’ about this story whether the Shepherds actually addressed by the Angel were male or female

> > [1] There had to be at least two Shepherds, as Scripture says ’Shepherds-plural’, but there may have been 6-12 or even more.

> > [2] There may have been a few Shepherds sitting around a small fire, Or they could have been sound asleep: there to protect their flocks “IF” the Sheep Dogs started barking. They obviously had to sleep most of the night. Or they make have taken turns being awake while the others slept.

> > [3] They may have been together as just mentioned or scattered on several close-by hill tops, all easily within the sound of one another’s voice if needed, all simultaneously seeing & hearing the Angel.

> > [4] The Shepherds may have represented, say, two-brothers-married-to-two-sisters, of which one husband spent the night together in the tent while the other couple spent the night together with both flocks of sheep, then traded off. That way each couple remained with their spouse without having to separate.

> > [5] The Shepherds-plural may have been just one family - with husband & wife, both sets of parents, a Shepherd’s grandparent or two, and 2-5 teen-age Shepherds: easily a dozen Shepherds from one extended family in two-four old tents. Or there could have been 2-5 brothers, all with spouses and various parents & grandparents, all living & traveling with their flocks together.: 25-40 people in all.

> > [6] All adult Shepherds in the family may have been at the tent for a good night’s rest with loved one’s & children with teen-boys on nearby - hilltops who came running when the Angel came near the tent and called out to all who were in the tents.

> > [7] All members of the extended family may have been in the several tents, with a small fire in the center area among 3-4 tents to keep away predators, with all sheep brought close to the tents for night, with Sheep-Dogs guarding the periphery.

> > [9] Another very real possibility would be for a male Shepherd to be married to several wives, with the wives all staying out with the flock by night - except for the one with the husband that night, the children with the grandparents. The wives took turns and all had privacy. In fact, with men having multiple wives from the time of God allowing it under Moses’ Law through this very day - this is the most likely real-life situation for the Shepherds.

If so, the ONLY Shepherds actually with the sheep at night would be 2-10 Lady Shepherds, and perhaps a few sons.

> > [10] However many Shepherds, however they were arranged with their sheep, whomever was sleeping, whether they were male or female or both, and whether anyone was actually awake: NO ONE CAN SAY FOR SURE, because Scripture doesn’t tell us.

> > [11] However many Shepherds, however many families represented [though it seems those traveling & living together in the fields were related], however they were arranged with their sheep, whomever was sleeping, whether they were male or female, and whether anyone was actually awake REALLY DOESN’T MATTER, because Scripture DOES tell us about the number of Angels: ONE ANGEL SPOKE giving the message and instructions.

> > [12] Lu 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a MULTITUDE of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Lu 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Thus whomever was awake - if one, several, all or none - for certain ALL WERE AWAKENED by the multitude of angels of which this Greek word for multitude indicates several thousand and perhaps many thousands. Whatever ever the number, on a quiet night without modern city sounds - one voice can awaken many people. Likely the Sheep Doges were barking and the flocks of sheep excited as well. So in a quiet rural area, probably EVERYONE was awakened by the event.

> > [13] Once the REST of the Shepherds and their families were awaked - even if we suppose the first Angel did announce to a few male Shepherds actually with the sheep and their wives, parents & children asleep in the tents, once all were awakened by the Multitude-of-Angels praising God, and LEARNED what the initial Angel had said about them seeking the Baby-Born-King . . .

. . .IT IS INDISPUTABLE THAT ALL - except for perhaps a few teen boys who stayed with the flocks - went to see the Christ-Child born earlier that day!

Lu 2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

> > [14] That there had to be more than just two-three Shepherds as we see at Nativity Scenes today is evident as the Angel spoke to Shepherds-plural, and it SEEMS to indicate that those to whom the Angel commanded to go to Bethlehem did so, SOMEONE had to remain behind with the sheep. In all likelihood, that was their full wealth & income. This situation too is indicative of the extended families living & moving with the flocks from pasture to pasture.

> > [14] The last point is a bit ‘tongue-in-cheek though a true-to-life situation: then and now. Luk 2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

Luk 2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

Luk 2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

With God wanting this GOSPEL NEWS to be SPREAD ABROAD in an excited, positive manner, I have NEVER - in any of 50+ nations on ALL major continents - seen men who could get as excited talking about a newborn baby as MOTHERS & GRANDMOTHERS who had already had children and teen girls excited for their first one coming soon.

If God DIDN’T assign this job to LADY SHEPHERDS - this would have been His FIRST-&-ONLY mistake in the history of ALL THINGS! Don’t you think???






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