"The Old Story That Is Forever New"
     One of my very favorite songs that I learned as a youngster is "I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY".  I love singing baritone while sitting near the bass section in the choir. The chorus of that song makes my soul soar with the eagles! The words go like this: I love to tell the story, 'Twill be my theme in glory to tell the old, old story Of Jesus and His love."
     The story is old, not only because Christ was born over 2000 years ago in a stable out back of the Inn in Bethlehem, but, because the story started, not hundreds, but thousands of years before that. I was just reading about it in the book of Genesis. God had created Adam and Eve and placed them in a beautiful Garden to care for it. Then they had a not so friendly visitor. Lucifer, now known as Satan, came to Eve in the form of a serpent, causing her and Adam to eat of the forbidden fruit. All three were punished. But wait, what was the punishment that God pronounced upon Satan, the serpent? "You will strike His heel, but He will smash your head!"  Satan was delivered a death sentence by the hand of God before he left the Garden. A death sentence was pronounced upon Adam and Eve, also. However, their sentence could later be pardoned, but Satan's fate is irrevocable.
     Satan used every trick his non-impotent mind could dream up. No doubt Satan had gleefully hoped Abraham would foul up with Isaac but that did not happen. Perhaps he hoped for the failure of Moses to put an end to God's plan, but God replaced him with Joshua. But the battle between God and Satan rages on.
     A futile effort was made to prevent Jesus' birth by way of miscarriage riding a donkey to Bethlehem. Then he thought to kill Jesus with disease by causing Him to be born in a filthy, dusty, fly infested stable - all to no avail.
     Can't you just imagine Satan pulling his hair out?! One the one hand he hears: MY SON WILL BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM Lk. 2:1-7; then he hears HE WILL BE CALLED A NAZARENE, Matt. 2:21-27; then on the other hand, I WILL CALL MY SON OUT OF EGYPT! Matt. 2:15.  You just don't mess with Jehovah Jirah!
     Our God never fails! His plans are forever and eternally on track. Angels appeared to shepherds biding them go to Bethlehem to see the new born King. Before they left the shepherds were serenaded with a heavenly host of angels, singing to them the first ever Christmas Carol,  "Glory  to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests." LK 2: 8 - 14. NIV. (KJV - says "peace and good will" not using the word "favor" which means "good will".
     Just a thought by Parson Don across the Garden Gate


 Updated December 11, 2010
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