TODAYS BIBLE READING:
Luke 1:39-80; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-40
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Terrance Aponshine (9 minutes)
SEPT 25, 2023
DAY 268 IN THE APP
THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalms 31:24.
A FEW THOUGHTS...
Though we elevate what a manger was, it was a feeding trough used to feed animals. Though we prettify the setting, Mary delivered our Savior in a cave or stable among dirty farm animals. Though we sanitize the setting, Jesus was born in the most unsanitary conditions alongside animal waste, flies, odor, etc. I write this not to destroy anyone's thoughts of this pretty little scene, but to illustrate the humility that took place. There are no coincidences with God. This birth-plan did not come about by accident. This was the humble earthly beginning of the Son of God as He became man. Shepherds, were ceremonially unclean and were deemed outcasts of society, yet we read in Luke 2:8-20, that they were the first ones called to the scene to honor the newborn Savior. From His birth, the world as we know it and understand it was revealing something new, something wonderful. It is so easy to minimize what He did, but Paul wrote in Philippians 2:5-8, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross."
So, our Savior, was born in unsterile conditions, in a humble setting, into poverty, and celebrated by the outcasts of society. We know of the poverty from Luke 2:24, when the sacrifice was offered for Mary's purification according to the law, we read, "and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the lord, "A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."" The sacrifice called for a lamb, but two doves were allowed for those who could not afford a lamb. This is just one of many illustrations in Scripture of the depths of God's love for us. Becoming man from being God, is more of a downgrade than we men becoming an ant to save all of the ants. He loved us so much and humbled Himself so much in order to save any of us who are willing to accept His offer. For anyone who feels they are too far gone, have sinned too badly, could never be forgiven, just remember, He came for the outcasts of society. He came for those who realize their purpose is not to assimilate or fit in society, but that as outcasts they need Jesus. Thank you, Jesus!!!
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
"The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us."
- Billy Graham