8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
Bethlehem was the place you bought sheep… not celebrate cool stuff.
It probably didn’t smell that great all the time. It was known as a place one could a acquire sheep.
It was common for shepherds to work the flock day and night; that’s just what they did. Shepherds may have been working in what was then known as “Shepherds’ Field” located about two miles outside of Bethlehem.
Interestingly shepherds were known to be the “downtrodden and despised” of society which begs the question of why they would be the first to hear the news about the birth of the Savior of the world. Could you imagine how they would have repsonded to an angel showing up in the middle of a field, shining bright enough to blind them? The angles/messenger brought what the Bible describes as the very bright, shining, brilliant presence of God.
Such a bright light in the pitch black darkness of the night would have been a magnificent sight…..probably better than Disneyland fireworks. (I don’t throw that claim around lightly!) :-)
The shepherds in the passage above in fact responded in a lowly and humble way to the message of God.
What would your response be if the angel came to you to announce this news?
Who are the modern day equivalents of shepherds How would they respond?