Thursday, December 25, 2008

Why the Stable?

What’s up with that?

Go back to the beginning. The beginning of Sin.

The beginning of Atonement.

When Eve first looked at, and tasted the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:3), then shared it with Adam, their “eyes were opened” to the difference between right and wrong. And they immediately became aware that the choice they had just made was wrong. (Genesis 2:17).

Now, it’s interesting to me that Eve demonstrated no surprise that a snake was having a conversation with her. So, in the very Beginning of things, in The Garden, could people and animals talk to each other? Was inter-species communication possible? I can guarantee you from experience that if horses and humans could talk to each other in a common language, it would be a whole lot easier on both species.

And then Eve and Adam got caught.

God came to The Garden, just looking for a pleasant walk with his Creation. What He found was His people hiding from Him.

God gave them every chance to confess. He asked, “Where are you?” As if He didn’t know! He was giving Eve and Adam the opportunity to confess and be forgiven.

And in order to cover their Sin (nakedness), for the first time in history, an animal was killed.

Blood was shed, for the First time in history, to provide something (a covering) for man.

I think we were created to be vegetarians (See Genesis 1:29). Our desire for meat is a Spiritual thing, it seems to me. I could be wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time. Please, love me, anyway. And BTW, I’m not a vegetarian.

Adam made a feeble attempt to cover himself by blaming Eve. (Genesis 3:12).

And from that one, first act of defiant disobedience, God’s Created beings were separated from Him.

It was not His choice.

It was our’s.

So it was a woman who first willfully sinned. And among those suffering the punishment, (curses; see Genesis 3:12-19) were the animals that Adam had named in Genesis 2:19-20.

Christ’s first physical appearance was to animals, innocent beings who had not committed the Sin, but had suffered for it.

At His birth, He provided a stable full of animals to keep Him warm. Descendants of those from the Garden.

And when the time was right, His first Resurrection appearance was to a woman. (See Luke 24:1-6)

Is GOD GREAT or WHAT?!?!?

Absolutely NOTHING is coincidental.

“The LORD is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward YOU, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

This is the Second greatest Day in the Year.

Easter is Number One!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

8 comments:

cdroses said...

I have never thought about "WHY a stable?" This is a good perspective to put on the Christmas Story!

I hope your Christmas Day was filled with joy, peace and hope!

Scarlet said...

God is AWESOME! You can't get more creative than our Creator.

Great post! I hope the Christmas spirit stays with you always.

Rachel said...

Very well said Janell! I do hope your Christmas day was wonderful in every way!!

Janell said...

Thanks, Cindy, Scarlet and Rachel! Yes, my Christmas was fun, except for the (expetive deleted) mouse I saw on my stove. EEEW! I trust you all had a great Christmas, also!

Cliff said...

Yes the reason for the season is Redemption. Nicely conveyed thoughts Janell. I hope yall had a good day on Christmas.

Joe B said...

Beautiful Post Janell, Merry Christmas to you!

Marla said...

Very interesting. I hope that you had a great Christmas.

Jamie Dawn said...

I'm late to read this and late to say Happy New Year, but I enjoyed your thoughts very much, and I look forward to reading more of your posts in 2009.

Every time I have menstrual cramps of think of Eve, and not with good thoughts.
:-)
I've never thought about why Christ was born in a stable. I like your way of thinking!