Merry Christmas! I love that fact that we have the 12 days of Christmas, and I take full opportunity of them. I wish other Christians would take advantage of them as well, so as not to stress out trying to hit the 25th. Well today is the first day of Christmas, and my true love (God) gave to me a partridge in a pare tree. I will give you two guesses, on what the partridge and the pare tree represent. You guest it, Jesus Christ and the Cross. Pslams 91:3-4 “For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” The Pear Tree is the cross and is attributed to 2 Sam 5:24 in some translations it is rendered as mulberry trees or balsam trees. The word that is being translated is “weeping trees”. In 2 Sam 5 King David is asking God if he is to engage with the Philistines, and well you can read the outcome. 2 Sam 22-24 22 Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. 23 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, and He said, “You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. 24 And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the Lord will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”
The 2nd of the Christmas. On the second day of Christmas my true love (God) gave to me two turtle doves.(old and New Testaments)
The 3rd day of the Christmas season. On the third day of Christmas my true love (God) gave to me, three French hens! These hens represent Faith, Hope and Charity. It is a good thing to remember that these are action words! As is LOVE! From the Greek agape we see love and charity as synonyms and the fuel and motivation of all Christians.
1 cor 13,13
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV)
The 4th day of Christmas. On the forth day of Christmas my true love (God) gave to me four calling birds. These four calling birds represent the four Gospels of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). These books share with us the Good News that the Hope, Faith and Love of Jesus Christ will heal the brokenness of this world. And He went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. (Matthew 4:23 ESV)
Merry Christmas and getting ready for a happy new year as well. You guessed it today is day five of the Christmas season! On fifth day of Christmas my true love (God) gave to me Fiiiiiiiive goooooooolden rings. These five golden rings are in reference to the first five books of the Bible known as the pentateuch. These books are penned by Moses but authored by God. So you could say that Moses is a Holy Ghost writer.
Romans 10:5-10 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” that is, to bring Christ down “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” that is, to bring Christ up from the dead. But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” that is, the word of faith that we proclaim; because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
The 6th day of Christmas. On the sixth day of Christmas my true love (God) gave to me, six geese a laying. These six geese working there tails off represent the six days of creation. During the advent season we often find ourselves in a race towards Christmas. This race often looks like a steeplechase, with all its obstacles, leading up to the 25th and the finish line. But wait— the 25th is when it starts! It does not end with the birth if the Christ, it starts with his birth.
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11 ESV)
The 7th day of Christmas. On the 7th day of Christmas my true love (God) gave to me seven swans a swimming. The image here is seven white majestic birds in harmony with water. It is to give us the image if Jesus Christ's baptism and the descending of the Holy Spirit as a white dove. The seven represents the seven attributes of the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit as described by Thomas Aquinas understanding, right judgment/council, courage/ fortitude, knowledge, reverence, fear of The Lord, and wisdom from Isaiah 11:2,3
(Isaiah 11:1-4 ESV)
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord . And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord . He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
The 8th day of Christmas.
On the 8th day of Christmas my true love (God) gave to me eight maids a milking. Today we focus on the eight beatitudes and the message of hope they bring. These maids a milking conger the imagery of (1 Peter 2 1-3 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.) BUT the beatitudes also carry with them a promise and a warning, and notice Jesus Christ says (when) not (if). (Matthew 5:11 ESV) "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
(Matthew 5:2-10 ESV)
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The 9th day of Christmas my true love (God) gave to me nine lady's dancing. Nine lady's dancing, all in step with one another, working together in harmony. Some of them stronger than others but all in all out front for all to in joy and be inspired. The nine lady's represent the nine attributes of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. All these are characteristics that describe the fruit. We often say fruits which is not the case. One fruit characterized by nine attributes, versus 9 different fruits.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22, 23 ESV)
The 10th day of Christmas!! I bet you can guess what the 10th day of Christmas is about. On the 10th day of Christmas my true love (God) gave to me ten Lords a leaping. Yes you guessed the ten Lords a leaping are the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments can be broken down into three types of relationships. 1-3 is our relationship with God. 4 is our relationship with our family. 5-10 is our relationship with others.
"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. "You shall have no other gods before me. "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. "You shall not murder. "You shall not commit adultery. "You shall not steal. "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's." (Exodus 20:2-17 ESV)
The 11th day of Christmas. On the 11th day of Christmas my true love (God) give to me 11 pipers piping. These 11 pipers represent the 11 faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. The image that this conjurers in my mind isn't of a man playing a flute for a fife but bagpipes. Just like bagpipes these men stood out amongst others delivering a message that some would love, and others would hate, and nevertheless they played loud
The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. (Matthew 10:2-4 ESV)
The 12th day of Christmas. On the 12th day of Christmas my true love(God) gave to me 12 drummers drumming. He's 12 drummers drumming represents the 12 points of the Apostles Creed. This creed was formed by The fathers of the early church to set forth a doctrine that would be common amongst the church universal.
1 Timothy 1:3-5 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.