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Saturday, December 19, 2009

The First Christmas: June or December?

Just a few of the Gatekeeper's observations . . .


"In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." (Luke 1:26-28)

So Gabriel came to Mary, who was probably around 15 or so, in the sixth month. That, on the Jewish calendar, would be the month of Elul (which has 29 days in it). The month of Elul seems to be around August-September on our calendar. Counting down nine months from Elul (assuming of course everything about the pregnancy was normal except for the whole immaculate conception), would bring us to the month of Sivan, making Jesus a June baby, unless it was a leap year.

This would make sense since the shepherds were with their sheep outside when the angel appeared to them in the fields (And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Luke 2:8). Just sayin', . . . it was nice and warm, not December like temps.

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Luke 2 . . .
"Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

34"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"

35The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God."

38"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

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Of course, it really doesn't matter which month He was born in, since Jesus is the reason for all seasons. Merry Christmas!

4 comments:

Violeta= Romania = said...

Hi my dear ,
you are from Nederland??
i have one good friend there of 10 year ago she visit me 2 times in a year and we visit ours poors togheter .Shes name is Sjikke !
So good to read daily on you blog ,here in Romania
here is very cold , is so good at home when autside is so cold .
God blessed me with warm , love and bread !
When i was a child in that orphanage always i had dreamed at one warm home and one good bread ,

Yes my dear the GOD is great and soon we celebraite the birth of our LORD Jesus.
This season make me cry almost daily becouse i`m gratefuly to my LORD for this things which i`m blessed one beautiful family , and one home we one simple apartment with 3 rooms ( sometimes i feel that is too much for me ) becouse of that i share my home with poors always to show HIM my respect and my love for all the blessed things what HE givit to me !!!
After my leaving from the orphanage i sleeped autside almost 2 weeks until i meet one good man. For me that man it was the Samaritan of my lfe !
I pray to thanks for all and to give the power to help more and ,ore peoples in need !
Have a blessed day and one Merry Christmas blessed with joy and much love ,
Violeta

The Gatekeeper said...

Violeta do you have a blog. I really would like to read it. I lived in Holland for about six years but I live in California now. Your story sounds very interesting. Please tell us more.

Violeta said...

No my dear i dont have one blog ,yet, my english is so little but in future i will have one blog .
But i`m open to write you more and i will look after you mail adress so the we can write both much more .
If you want to know much more please mail me here tibivio72@yahoo.com.Then i will have you mail and i will send you pictures with me and the poors kids of here .
What church you use to go/ Of course if you dont mind ?
I`m so happy to have such apeoples like you in my life ,
blessing in Christ love ,
Violeta

A Prayer for the New Year

God grant us this year a wider view,
So we see others' faults through the eyes of You.
Teach us to judge not with hasty tongue,
Neither the adult ... nor the young.

Give us patience and grace to endure
And a stronger faith so we feel secure.
Instead of remembering, help us forget
The irritations that caused us to fret.

Freely forgiving for some offence
And finding each day a rich recompense.
In offering a friendly, helping hand
And trying in all ways to understand;


That all of us whoever we are ...
Are trying to reach an unreachable star.
For the great and small ... the good and bad,
The young and old ... the sad and glad

Are asking today; Is life worth living?
The answer is only in, loving and giving.
For only Love can make man kind
And Kindness of Heart brings Peace of Mind.

By giving love, we can help this year
To lift the clouds of hate and fear.

ps: i hope you will like !

The Gatekeeper said...

I will email you today. Did you write that poem? We have a poetry blog. http://spgwriters.blogspot.com . Let me know.

 
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