Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Kings and Shepherds

I think it is interesting that there were 2 visitors recorded in the Bible as having come to see Jesus after His birth;
The Magi
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi (who have been described as not only wisemen, but kings and Persian priests) from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." (Matt 2:1)

The shepherds

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. (Luke 2:8-12)

Here's what I find so interesting...

In Revelation 19:16 it reads, "On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS."

And then in John 10:11 Jesus says; I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep....

So I thought...kings and shepherds? Is it a coincidence that both were exact names given to Jesus? I remarked on this pondering to James the other night. He had an interesting addition to my thought. He said, "funny...so was David a king...and shepherd."

Just in case you don't make the connection between the two kings and shepherds, the Lord declares in Jeremiah 23:5 "A new day is coming. At that time I will raise up from David's royal line a true and rightful Branch. He will be a King who will rule wisely. He will do what is fair and right in the land.

Of the lineage of and born in the town of (king and former shepherd) David, it is prophesied that a new King, who called Himself the Good Shepherd, will come to rule and reign. And at His birth, His visitors are none other than..kings and shepherds.


  1. This was awesome, Jill! I always look forward to your reading another addition to your blog!

    Kings and shepherds, I never thought about it. Wow, I am in complete awe of God.

    Thank you for sharing....love you,

  2. Love that! He is Ruler of all and Cares for all and He set that example of Himself throughout His entire Word. Good one!

  3. That is an interesting comparison. I agree with you - in Matthew 25:32-34 Jesus says, "All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a SHEPHERD separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the KING will say to those on his right, come, you who are blessed by my Father."
    I love your blog, Jill!