The Birth of Yahusha the Messiah,
the Lamb of Yahuah
I have been reading the account of His birth and have been interested to see
how much detail has been added by the customs and traditions of our society.
My early recollections as a child in Sunday School was that “Jesus” was born in a manger surrounded by animals -
Okay then, which of the above were present at or soon after the birth of Yahusha?
Did you get it right? All of the top row were there and none of the bottom row.
The Magi came much later with their gifts.
So, let us look into the scriptures and see what is recorded there about
the most important baby’s birth ever on this planet Earth.
Luke 2: 1 -
6, 7 And it came to be, that while they were there, the days were filled for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first-
(The accommodation was full to overflowing because thousands of people had journeyed to Yerushalayim for the Feast of Tabernacles as well as for the compulsory registration).
What can we gather from this account?
The Son of Yahuah, his Lamb, was born in a lambing cave in the town where the lambs were bred for temple sacrifice. He was wrapped up and placed in a feeding trough, probably made from timber or a hollowed-
There is no mention of animals being present, in fact the only animals to occupy a lambing cave would be a pregnant ewe giving birth with a shepherd looking after her and the lamb. The donkey Miryam had travelled on would have been somewhere nearby, probably tethered outside. The shepherds were out in the fields with the flock that night and the lambing cave must have been vacant when Yoseph and Miryam arrived. The cave would have been thoroughly cleaned out after the last ewe had given birth, and fresh straw spread about ready for the next one.
Little did the shepherds know when they prepared the cave that the next lamb to be born there would be the Lamb of Yahuah, Yahusha our Messiah.
Going by this account in Luke, our Saviour was born in a sheltered place with clean, fresh straw for His mother to lie on and a sturdy timber feeding trough as His first bed.
Q: Why has this simple setting been changed into the “Nativity Scenes” displayed in churches and shop windows to include cattle, sheep, donkeys and wise men from the East?
A: For the same reason that the time of His birth has been changed to coincide with the winter solstice and blended into the horrible, deadly mix of paganism and surrounded by pagan symbols. Any “additions” to scripture which make an event such as the birth of Yahusha look more like a bad movie script have to be very wrong and harmful to the person who goes along with the man-
Luke 2: 8 -
What we really have here is a young couple finding a birthing place in a clean, sheltered, quiet lambing cave, afterwards visited by shepherds from the fields nearby who had been told of the tremendous event by angelic messengers and who had seen the light from Heaven and heard the voices from Heaven raised in overwhelming joy.
And now we will look into the story of the Magi from the East
Mattithyahu (Matt) 2:1, 2 And Yahusha having been born in Beyth Lehem of Yahudah in the days of Herod the sovereign, see, Magi from the East came to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) saying, “Where is He who has been born Sovereign of the Yehudim? For we saw His star in the East and have come to do reverence to Him”.
6 ‘But you, Beyth Lehem, in the land of Yahudah, you are by no means least among the rulers of Yahudah, for out of you shall come a Ruler who shall shepherd My people Yisra’el’.” (The chief priests and scribes were quoting Micah 5: 2)
7, 8 Then Herod, having called the Magi secretly, learned exactly from them what time the star appeared. And having sent them to Beyth Lehem, he said, “Go and search diligently for the Child, and when you have found Him bring back word to me so that I too might go and do reverence to Him”. (Does that sound as creepy and phony to you as it does to me?)
19, 20 And Herod having died, (Acts 12: 21) see, a messenger of Yahuah appeared in a dream to Yoseph in Mitsrayim, saying, “Arise, and take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Yisra’el, for those seeking the life of the Child are dead”.
The Magi from the East were educated men who were well versed in the study of the heavens. They saw the star arising in a certain constellation which indicated to them that a King whose birth had been prophesied had been born to a virgin in a far off land, whereupon they set out to follow that star, carrying their gifts. There would have been an entourage of many servants and guards as they were men of note and position taking the treasure laid up for the King whose birth, they believed, had taken place. Their progress would of necessity be slow, at the pace of a camel train, so would have taken quite a long time.
They followed the star which eventually led them to the house where the child Yahusha was dwelling with Yoseph and Miryam. They had first paid their respects to Herod as they were strangers in his country, and he asked them to come back and report to him if they found the child born to be King. They gave the gifts to Yoseph and Miryam who would that night be told in a dream to rise up and flee with the young child into Mitsrayim (Egypt). This unexpected bounty would provide sustenance for the two years that they stayed in Mitsrayim, only returning to Yisra’el when an angel told them it was safe to return as Herod had died.
When the Magi did not go back and report the child’s whereabouts to Herod he sent out his soldiers with orders to kill all male children under the age of two. Unimaginable horror! It was the son of this butcher who sought to kill Yahusha when He was an adult so many years later and also had Yochanen (John) beheaded. Yochanen escaped being slain with the other little boys as a child because his mother had fled with him into the hills and his father Zecharyah the priest was murdered when he refused to divulge the whereabouts of his son, along with seventy of his brother priests who stood with him against Herod.
Blessed be the Lamb of Yahuah
Who was born and lived amongst us that we might have Life