Daily D – Luke 2:7
Luke 2:7 Then she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. (CSB)
Modern travel is often either, or both, an epic adventure or a major inconvenience. The headlines this morning note hundreds of flights were canceled yesterday by United and Delta due to COVID. Imagine sitting in an airport halfway from where you were to where you are going and having no way forward, no way back, and no place to lay your head in a busy, overpopulated airport.
Popular entertainment shows Mary sitting astride a donkey as Joseph leads the way on their journey to Bethlehem. Our Bible texts do not offer us this detail. One scholar explained how a donkey was the equivalent of a Cadillac today. In all likelihood, Joseph could not afford such a luxury.
Even if he could, how easy would it be for Mary to sit for a long time on a bouncing burro? Indeed, how easy would it be for a very pregnant Mary to get onto a burro? In all likelihood, Mary walked. The journey probably took longer than normal.
At last, Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem. Since every guest accommodation was filled due to the command of the leader of the known world to return to ancestral homes for the census, Mary and Joseph had to make do with less than five-star accoutrements.
So it was that a miracle baby was wrapped tightly in cloth and laid in a feeding trough. After the agony, tears of joy. After the delivery, the reality of their surroundings settled in. After a holy silence, a moment of rest.
But only a moment.
I will remember the epic adventure that brought Jesus into our, nay, his world.
Our Father, points to ponder herein arise. Why this silence after the cries? Why no fireworks, no family, no friend? Is this the beginning, or is this the end?
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.