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Who is in these swaddling clothes

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
—Luke 2:7

As we journey closer to December 25, it amazes me how commercial this time of year has become. People hurry through the malls, stores, and streets trying to find a gift for the ones they love. Sadly enough, society seemingly has forgotten—or pushed to the back of their minds—what this season is all about. I ask, do you know what is in these swaddling clothes?

In these swaddling clothes lie Adam’s breath; Eve’s rib; Abels vindication; Noahs grace, ark, flood, altar, and rainbow; Abram’s promise, covenant, and seed. Sarahs laughter; Lots delivering angel; Isaacs ram; Jacob’s blessing, ladder, name change, and twelve sons. Josephs coat of many colors, escape from the pit, and ability to interpret dreams. Josephs rise to power, and the deliverance of Egypt and Israel from famine. Moses’s basket and bulrush in the river. The compassion of Pharaohs daughter, the burning bush, Moses’s staff, and Aaron’s rod. Egypts plagues and death angel, and Israels Passover lamb.

The mana from Heaven, cloud by day and fire by night, tabernacle, laver of water, shewbread, candlestick, altar of incense, Ark of the Covenant, mercy seat and the blood applied, and cloud over the mercy seat. Rahabs thread; Esther’s acceptance; Ruths handfuls of purpose; Elijahs altar, sacrifice, water, fire, miracles, chariot, and mantle. Jezebel’s judgment; Elishas double portion; Samsons strength; Davids anointing. Nebuchadnezzars humility; and Belshazzars hand of judgement.

Isaiahs child and given son; Jeremiahs tears; Lamentation’s reconciliation; Ezekiels four winds; Daniels deliverance; Hoseas love; Joels revival; Amos’s sovereign Lord; Obadiahs only repairer; Jonahs fish; Micahs ruler from everlasting. Nahums revenge; Habakkuks possessor of dwelling places; Zephaniahs consumer and prepared sacrifice. Haggais glory of the latter house; Zachariahs coming king; Malachis Lords temple sought for.

Our prayer for you this week: May you take another look at what and who is in these swaddling clothes, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

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Josh Shields

Josh Shields and his wife, Janice, founded New Life Church in Berryville, Arkansas in 2011, where he continues to be the residing pastor. He formerly served in different pastoral positions throughout the state of Arkansas and has ministered at various churches, conferences, conventions, and venues throughout the nation. He began his ministry in 1983 at the age of 16, feeling the call at a young age to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He enjoys every opportunity to share Jesus with others through his ministry by speaking, preaching, singing, and writing weekly articles/posts.

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