Luke 2:6-7

Luke Babies don’t wait for convenient times. They don’t wait for available rooms. They come when their time inside the womb is accomplished. They arrive at the appointed time.

There was no available room, but there was a place, a place for the animals, a special place for the flocks. Just outside Bethlehem was the Migdal Eder, known as the Tower of the Flock. The Bible addressed this in Micah 4:8 “As for you, watchtower of the flock, stronghold of Daughter Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.”

This verse hints for us of a King coming to the Tower of the Flock. So exactly what is this Migdal Eder?

This Watchtower of the Flock, the Migdal Eder, was used to birth and guard the sheep for the Temple sacrifices. These sheep were special. Sacrifices had to be the best. A bruised or injured animal wouldn’t do for a sacrifice. So, when the little lambs were born they were wrapped in strips of cloth and laid in a manger until they settled down into the world where they had just been born.

The Migdal Eder was a special place for special lambs.

Could it be that this was the place specifically chosen by God for the birth of His Lamb? “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:6-7 A very special Lamb was about to enter the world in this very special little town of Bethlehem. Mary was in the throes of labor. We have no way of knowing how long. We have no way of knowing what concern, even panic arose in Joseph’s heart, as he gazed into the pain wracked face of his beloved. Labor is a difficult time, but finally came the Child of the promise, a miraculous conception, a miraculous birth. And when He was born, she wrapped this most precious sacrifice in strips of cloth and laid Him in a manger, the perfect, unblemished, Lamb of God.


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