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Sunday, January 13, 2008

A third Nativity Story

It turns out there is another nativity in the Bible. It goes a little something like this.
A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven . . .The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. . . . The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. . . . When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. . . . But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Read the whole story in Revelation 12. I guess the grown ups talked about this story in Sunday School. Someone suggested, "What if we do THAT for a Christmas pageant!" Most of the parents agreed it would be supported by the children.

Can you image in like 150 years people are surprised to realize that the shepherds, the magi, and the dragon are all found in different parts of the Bible?


Matt Dick said...

Why does the inclusion of this little story not cast doubt on every other report in the New Testament? Why can we look at this and see how absurd it is and then see the reports in Matthew of what Jesus said as a literal historic document?

JimII said...

I think because people see it as metaphorical and they don't see the gospel nativity as metaphorical.

Matt Dick said...

Sorry, I jumped too quickly to a conclusion again. I spend too much time reading stuff from Answers in Genesis and The Discovery Institute.

gah, perhaps there's such a thing as exposing yourself too much to the alternative point of view...?