God’s prophecy of the woman’s Seed (Gen. 3:15) is fulfilled in the Baby born to the virgin!
“Satan will not prevail to the destruction of mankind. He and his works will be destroyed by the great Redeemer, signified by the breaking of his head. Though what was said was addressed to the serpent, yet it was said in the hearing of our first parents, who, doubtless, took the hints of grace here given them, and saw a door of hope opened to them, else the following sentence upon themselves would have overwhelmed them. Here was the dawning of the gospel day. No sooner was the wound given than the remedy was provided and revealed.
A perpetual quarrel is here commenced between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil among men; war is proclaimed between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. That war in heaven between Michael and the dragon began now, Rev. 12:7.” (Matthew Henry)
Good news! God is triumphant – exceedingly!
According to our Google Analytics information, the most-viewed page on our site is the one about Migdal Eder. Especially during this time of year, it is viewed several times every day from locations all over the globe.
Author and I admit that we are also fascinated by the account of the Bethlehem shepherds’ fields and the Migdal Eder (tower of the flock).
Jesus, God’s own sacrificial Lamb, was born in the same location as the sacrificial lambs for the Temple.
From The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Alfred Edersheim:
“At the time of the birth of Jesus, Migdal Eder was a specific place. It was the location where shepherds brought their sheep. The sheep were to be sacrificed at the Temple. These were not just any flock and herd. The shepherds who kept them were men who were specifically trained for this royal task. They were educated in what an animal that was to be sacrificed had to be and it was their job to make sure that none of the animals were hurt, damaged or blemished. During lambing season the sheep were brought to the tower from the fields, as the lower level functioned as the birthing room for sacrificial lambs. Being themselves under special rabbinical care, these priests would strictly maintain a ceremonially clean birthing place. Once birthed, the priestly shepherds would routinely place the lambs in the hewn depression of a limestone rock known as “the manger” and “wrap the newborn lambs in swaddling clothes,” preventing them from thrashing about and harming themselves “until they had calmed down” so they could be inspected for the quality of being “without spot or blemish”.
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Merry Christmas everyone!
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