Dintre toți oamenii, de ce păstorii? Oare nu era Ierusalimul plin de oameni ce-l așteptau pe Mesia? Deși afirmația e adevărată, nu știu câți dintre ei ar fi acceptat să i se închine unui Mesia pus într-o iesle. Dumnezeu s-a adresat păstorilor deoarece ei l-ar fi acceptat pe Unsul aflat într-un grajd. Să luăm aminte:
Those shepherds in the field keeping watch over their flocks- they had a different idea of the manger than we do. While they may very well have been the poor, smelly old men our Sunday school teachers told us about, they, by their very nature, had a better view of the barn than we do. We may associate the barn with poverty, and we wouldn’t be wrong to do so. After all, a mere thirty days later paints the picture of Mary offering a couple of birds as an offering because she couldn’t afford the lamb. But the shepherds’ response to a birth in the barn was fundamentally different than ours. As shepherds, they had spent their lives celebrating manger beginnings. As a matter of fact, stable deliveries had grown to mean the opposite of poverty to the shepherds. Because they spent their lives raising and protecting a herd of livestock, the ‘baby in the manger’ could only mean LIFE, LIVELIHOOD and BLESSING to the simple shepherds in the field. It’s no wonder they dropped everything and hurried to the barn to see what God was talking about. Life had trained them to see the Miracle in the Manger. Providence had been pretty effective in using the simple shepherds to shame the wise. And on that Night of nights, the messenger didn’t have any problem convincing the shepherds in the field that the Good News deserved great joy.
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Păstorii s-au bucurat de vestea primită și s-au închinat Mielului lui Dumnezeu trimis să ridice păcatele Pământului. Inimile lor au fost mai deschise decât cele ale erudiților din Matei 2. Oameni simpli și totuși închinători adevărați, nu cârcotași. Asta e ce contează cel mai mult, închinători adevărați.