Bible Study Moment: Shepherds

Thinking about the shepherds, many people looked down on shepherds as Genesis 46:34 points out. Egyptians thought all shepherds were beneath their dignity. Even within Jewish society, there were those who also saw shepherds as beneath their dignity. We might miss this since Samuel, led by God, chose David the shepherd boy to become king, the most beloved psalm begins with “The Lord is my shepherd” and Jesus refers to himself as being the good shepherd.

Anyway, angels appear to shepherds near Bethlehem to announce the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:8-20. After verifying the news by going to Bethlehem and finding everything just as the angel had said, they go and tell everyone they meet, glorifying and praising God.

Once again we can see God lifting up the lowly.

Mark Phillips