In a world with so many different religions, people often wonder why God wasn't more clear about how to know what is really true. We argue about the war on Christmas instead of looking deeper into the story behind the story. However, if you put on your Jewish glasses while reading the Christmas story, you suddenly see the whole account is a Divine historic show and tell.
In the Old Testament, God promised to daily send bread from Heaven through Moses and called it Mannah. For centuries, people looked and longed for the ultimate bread for their souls. When God sent the ultimate bread from Heaven, he sent it to a bakery. The word Bethlehem comes from two words: "Beth" means 'house of', lehem means bread. Christmas is a show and tell from the Old Testament promising in Micah 5:2 that anyone seeking everlasting bread for their souls could find it born in the bakery.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”
Another aspect of God's eastern style show and tell can be seen in predictions made by the prophet Isaiah. God promised the Messiah would be a "shoot or branch" from the descendants of Jesse according to Isaiah 11:1:
"A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit." Would you believe that Messianic shoot grew up in a town called "shootville?" Too obvious? Unbelievable? Perhaps God wanted the identity of the Messiah to be clear for all to see. Nazareth literally means "shootville" or "branchville." God's show and tell revealed a clarity about the Jewish Messiah predicted in the Torah (The Old Testament) and fulfilled in history in 4k clarity for all who seek.
Are these coincidences or do we as Westerners miss the clarity of the Eastern show and tell because we are removed from the Hebrew and Jewish culture? God promised to be Living Water. The Jewish Festival of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, was a time of calling out for God to provide the living water needed for their crops.
God sent water from the rock through Moses; but promised an ultimate living water from the Messiah. To make the message clear, God sent the water to a "faucet." When Christ was born in a manger, we picture a wooden hay container as seen in our children's Christmas pageants. However, a manger was made from stone and was almost always a place to provide water for your animals.
A manger next to an ancient well in Israel. (Photo: Courtesy of Author)
This is me stepping into a Manger, a hand carved water trough for animals to drink from in Israel. (Photo: Courtesy of Author)
Here is one of many "mangers" I saw during my travels in Israel. The manger too is God's show and tell. In a Eastern world that thinks in pictures, God wanted the message irrefutable. He sent the bread to the bakery, The water to the faucet, and the branch to branchville. And these are just a few of clues. If you are interested in more, you can check out Fast Track Bible: The quickest way to understand the greatest story ever told. In session six of the eight session DVD, I summarize the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ and his fulfillment of these ancient prophecies and clues.
This Christmas we can stop wishing we knew who God was. We can stop hoping we knew how to be at peace with God. We can stop wondering who God really is and what he wants. We can pause in Bethlehem and adore the wonder of God's master marketing plan. The real war on Christmas is the battle to overcome our Western prejudice and see the Divine eastern story-telling style.
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