This episode could be a bit controversial. The title certainly is. But give it a listen and see for yourself. And have a great Christmas. Unto us a child is born!
Happy New Year, y’all. How in the world are you? You are listening to the “ReDiscovering the Bible” online radio show. My name is Sam Burton, I’m your host. Thanks so much for tuning in to this very brief Holiday episode. Stay tuned to the end, because I have a special announcement concerning volumes 1 & 2 of the Rediscovering the Bible series of ebooks.
One of the crazy WOKE Church ideas I keep hearing, and it drives me nuts, is that the Baby Jesus, and his family were refugees. I’ve seen it all over the internet. I mean, yes, it’s been going around a while, but this year, it seems to be epidemic. Ok, let’s make it technologically accurate, it’s been Viral.
And it sounds so good, especially to the Woke world. It sounds like Jesus cares for refugees, because he was one. He understands. It appeals to Christians, to stand up for those suffering political or financial persecution.
By the way, we should. There are millions upon millions of people who are living in camps, or right near our homes, who have had to risk much to get here. We should be sympathetic, or at least empathetic, to their needs. We need to offer shelter, food, clothing, and whatever help we can offer them. Because every single person on planet earth was made in the image of God. And God loves us ALL, regardless of our language, race, political leaning, education, or social standing. Jesus came for every person on planet earth, past, present, and future.
But the idea that Jesus was a refugee, is historical nonsense. And to support that view makes us look totally ignorant to anyone who understands history. In the first place, Jesus was not born a refugee. He was born in a stable, yes, because there were no vacancies in the hotels in Bethlehem when he was born. No one was trying to be cruel to Joseph and Mary. There just wasn’t room. The town was overcrowded due to the Roman Census being carried out at the time.
Joseph and Mary weren’t on the run, hiding from anyone. There is no evidence they were poverty stricken, either. Shocking? Look it up. Find it in Scripture. Yes, if history had worked out differently, Joseph would have been King of the Israelis. But it doesn’t mean he was some bankrupt, political exile. In fact, withing just a few days, of Jesus birth, they moved into a house. Matthew tells us about it. By the time the Wise Men arrived, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were living in a house. The weren’t in cages.
Shortly afterward, because of Herod’s Jealousy, they left, to hide out in Egypt. But you see, they weren’t traveling only in the dark, or in a caravan of other refugees, they were just moving away from Herod and his threats. People moved regularly between Egypt and Judea. And had done for 600 years. Read the book of Jeremiah.
They weren’t running from somewhere in Asia or South America to hide out. It was like moving from Kentucky to Arizona. See both Judea and Egypt were part of the Roman Empire. They were under the same political system. They didn’t even have to learn another language. Everyone in both countries spoke greek.
One more thing. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were flush with cash. The wise men had just unloaded loads of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. It wasn’t like they dumped twenty bucks and a couple bottles of perfume. These men would have brought gifts worthy of a King. Read about the gifts people brought Kings in the Old Testament.
I don’t say any of these things to upset anyone, I just want us to understand that people come up with all kinds of rubbish when they try and talk about Jesus. All this does is muddy the water, create division amongst Christians, and confuse the daylights out of people seeking Jesus
and the truth. Jesus cares about refugees. And so should we. Jesus healed them, he fed them. He taught them, and He died for them. He rose again, and he is going to return for them. For each one of us.
Don’t fall for the propaganda. Just because something looks cool on Instagram, doesn’t make it correct. If we’re going to change the world, we have to tell the Truth.
Please let me know your thoughts. Use the comments section, or send an email to email@example.com. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
And thanks for sticking around. I want people to love God’s word. I want you to read it, and understand it. I also know a lot of people start the new year with a goal to read the Bible. I want to help you with that. I am announcing that from today, until January 31, 2020 I’m offering a special price for both volumes of ReDiscovering the Bible. During this time, you can get each volume for only $.99. 99 pence for those of you in the U.K. Just go to amazon.com or amazon.co.uk and search ReDiscovering the Bible. In it you will also get my Bible reading plan to help you read the Bible in the best order for understanding it. Write me if you have any questions. They are currently available onle as Kindle ebooks.
That’s all I’ve got. Y’all have a very great week. And have a Happy New Year.
Part 7 of the “Scandalous” series is now active on the “Rediscovering The Bible Online Radio Show”
- Despite the famous song, they weren’t Kings. What is a Magi?
- We don’t know how many there were, and we certainly don’t know their names.
- They didn’t come to the stable
- Their appearance testifies once again to the universal nature of the Gospel.
- Their gifts likely changed Jesus life from one of poverty to one of relative comfort
- Their home countries will raise eyebrows this Christmas
Episode Notes –
One of the evidences of the truth of the Christmas Story is that no one would make up a story this way. Who would have the king come as the child of a peasant girl engaged to a pauper of a carpenter from a backwater town in an occupied land? Who would include a stable, a manger and shepherd? Is there really a message of love and hope in those details?
How is poor Joseph of Nazareth one of the greatest Biblical examples of faith? How does God reward him?
This weeks text is Luke, Chapter 2.