The people of Israel waited a long time for their deliverer to come.
Yet the crazy thing is, they didn’t even recognize him when he was in their midst.
There is an amazing prediction of the birth of Christ more than 500 years before he was born that is strange and slightly hilarious.
Is: 1: 3
The ox knows its master,
the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.”
This scripture is saying that the ox and the donkey in the stable, with the manger will know who Christ is, but the people hanging for him to arrive will miss it completely.
Even the animals in the stable recognized the lordship of Christ. As a little baby.
It makes me think of our society rushing back and forward, swearing and cursing, crazily trying to get everything done.
Do they know what they are doing it for?
As they sing carols about the dawning of a new day, the silencing of the night, the celebration of a birth, do they know the story?
Let’s slow ourselves down and take time to remember the centrality of this story.
Even the animals recognized what was happening, do our children?
Do our families?