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The Lowest of the Low

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. Luke 2:13-16 NIV

Shepherds in ancient times were not held in high esteem. In fact, they were looked down upon. They were dirty and smelly. What did God think about them? He gave them the privilege of receiving the first announcement that Jesus, the promised Messiah, had been born. The highest came to the lowest. What does this say about how we should treat other people? Should we treat the rich and famous better and ignore those who aren’t. In God’s eyes, we are all equal.

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. James 2:5-10 NIV

–Diane (blog.peacebewithu.com)

Written by Diane Levy

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