Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Obedience of Shepherds

Shepherds sat in the fields, watching their flocks by night. They knew their sheep, and wouldn't let anything in the Judean wilderness come after them. I'm sure too, that they were worn out, after having watched them all day to begin with.

Were they sitting down for a rest or were they standing to make sure that nothing came after them? I'm sure they were the latter: just focusing on what they needed to do, not caring whether that night was the night the Messiah would come. Then, in this sleep-deprived state, these righteous men were given an opporunity that had been closed for quite some time: angels came to them, and revealed to them that the Christ had been born.

When the angels left, did they go about doing their daily work they had been so busy doing before? No. They said, "Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us", and they did it (Luke 2:15). 

Might there have been others who saw angels and received revelations and promptings about the Babe of Bethlehem? There undoubtedly were: the wise men saw it. So why were the wise men and the shepherds the ones who saw the Christ child and knew who he was? Because these two groups obeyed the revelation they had received. 

One group received it by ministering of angels. The other by careful study of the gospel by the spirit. But both obeyed. As each of us obey the revelations we receive, we will come unto Christ, and will see Him as He truly is.