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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 - an ox, several sheep, donkeys. Also present were three richly dressed wise men presenting their gifts to the new baby, plus several rather bemused shepherds and lots of angels flying about and of course His mother Mary and father Joseph with the whole crowd scene lit up by a star hanging very close on the top of the manger. Also the wise men’s camels and attendants were just outside the entrance to the “manger”.

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 - 5 And it came to be in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus for all the world to be registered (see our article “All the Earth”). This took place as a first registration while Quirinius was governing Syria. And all were going to be registered, each one to his own city. And Yoseph also went up from Galil, out of the city of Nazareth to Yahudah, to the city of David, which is called Beyth Lehem (Bethlehem), because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Miryam, who was betrothed to him - being pregnant.

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-born Son, and wrapped Him up, and laid Him down in a feeding trough, because there was no room for them in a lodging-place.

(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-out log with clean straw placed in it as a bed for the newborn baby.

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-made version. The Word of Yahuah is always logical and full of beauty.

Luke 2: 8 - 12 And in the same country there were shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And look, a messenger of Yahuah stood before them, and the esteem of Yahuah shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. And the messenger said to them, “Do not be afraid, for look, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be to all people. Because there was born to you today in the city of David a Saviour, who is Messiah, the Master. And this is the sign to you; you shall find a baby wrapped up, lying in a feeding trough”.

13 - 15 And suddenly there was with the messenger a crowd of the heavenly host praising Elohim and saying, “Esteem to Elohim in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased!” And it came to be, when the messengers had gone away from them into the heaven, that the shepherds said to each other, “Indeed, let us go to Beyth Lehem and see this matter that has taken place, which the Master has made known to us”.

16 - 20 And they came in haste and found Miryam and Yoseph, and the baby lying in a feeding trough. And having seen, they made known the matter which was spoken to them concerning the child. And all those who heard marvelled at what the shepherds said to them. But Miryam kept all these matters, considering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, boasting and praising Elohim for all they had heard and seen, as it was spoken to them.

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”.

3 - 5 And Herod the sovereign, having heard, was troubled, and all Yerushalayim with him. And having gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. And they said to him, “In Beyth Lehem of Yahudah, for thus it has been written by the prophet,

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?)

9 - 12 And having heard the sovereign, they went, And see, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And coming into the house, they saw the Child with Miryam His mother, and fell down and did reverence to Him, and opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country by another way.

13 - 15 And when they had left, see, a messenger of Yahuah appeared to Yoseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the Child and His mother and flee to Mitsrayim (Egypt) and remain there until I bring you word, for Herod is about to seek the Child to destroy Him”. And rising up, he took the Child and His mother by night and departed for Mitsrayim and remained there until the death of Herod, to fill what was spoken by Yahuah, through the prophet, saying, “Out of Mitsrayim I have called My Son”.

16 - 18 Then Herod, having seen that he was fooled by the Magi, was greatly enraged, and he sent forth and slew all the male children in Beyth Lehem and in all its borders, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had exactly learnt from the Magi. Then was filled what was spoken by Yirmeyahu the prophet, saying, “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and weeping, and great mourning - Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they were no more”. (Yirmeyahu 31: 15)

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”.

21 - 23 And rising up, he took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Yisra’el. But hearing that Archelaos was reigning over Yahudah instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And having been warned in a dream, he departed to the parts of Galil, and came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth - thus to fill what was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Natsarene”.

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

June Shaw


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