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The Bethlehem Christmas Shepherds: Migdal Eder


Migal Eder-"Tower of the flocks"

Alfred Edersheim, author of the excellent "Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah", wrote the following:

"And yet Jewish tradition may here prove both illustrative and helpful. That the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, was a settled conviction. "

Equally so, was the belief , that He was to be revealed from Migdal Eder, 'the tower of the flock.' This Migdal Eder was not the watchtower for the ordinary flocks which pastured on the barren sheepground beyond Bethlehem, but lay close to the town, on the road to Jerusalem."

 "A passage in the Mishnah leads to the conclusion, that the flocks, which pastured there, were destined for Temple-sacrifices, and, accordingly, that the shepherds, who watched over them, were not ordinary shepherds."

 "The latter were under the ban of Rabbinism, on account of their necessary isolation from religious ordinances, and their manner of life, which rendered strict legal observance unlikely, if not absolutely impossible."

"The same Mishnaic passage also leads us to infer, that these flocks lay out all the year round, since they are spoken of as in the fields thirty days before Passover--that is, in the month of February, when in Palestine [Israel] the average rainfall is nearly greatest."

"Thus, Jewish tradition in some dim manner apprehended the first revelation of the Messiah from that Migdal Eder, where shepards watched the Temple-flocks all the year round"

 " Of the deep symbolic significance of such a coincidence, it is needless to speak". --

(Afred Edersheim in The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah, p186-187) 

Micah 4:8-

"And thou , O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem"

Israel Needs Another Chanukah Miracle-Pray For Rain!

The following is from Ron Cantor's blog from Israel:

Israel needs another Chanukah Miracle. If you have tuned into the news then you have heard that there is a raging fire in northern Israel. We had an extremely hot summer and the winter rains, which are usually in high gear by now, have not come. This is a fire is burning out of control. Already nearly 50 people are dead. We need rain. We need a miracle.

In between the time I sent out a cute Chanukah greeting this morning and the present, Israel has experienced her worst national disaster ever—and there is no end in site. The Prime Minister has declared a day of mourning for tomorrow.

“If we don’t get foreign assistance tonight, I doubt we will be able to control fire, and it will stop only at shores of the Mediterranean,” warned Haifa firefighter spokesman Hezi Levi. (jpost.com)

Take a moment right now and pray for rain in Israel. We know from scripture that rain is a blessing from heaven (Det. 11:14), and that when there is no rain, it can be a sign of judgment as in the days of Elijah and Ahab. Living in Israel, there is no question that as a nation we have forsaken the Lord. Now is the time for the Body of Believers to stand in the gap for her fallen elder brother, Israel. May your prayers not only bring physical rain, but spirtual as well. “And so, all Israel shall be saved.” (Rom. 11:26)


Update : Rain

"Winter finally arrived in Israel on Monday morning, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The winter rainfall that Israel has been desperately waiting for since the season officially began several months ago gave firefighters the final push they needed to fully extinguish the enormous wildfire that had consumed the Carmel forest reserve."