Parallels

I must confess to a fascination for types and shadows. And reinventing the wheel, too! Here are two that have come to my notice recently … unlikely to be original, but still, I do like to share 🙂

Cast And Crew

In those remarkable first hours & days of Jesus’ life on earth …

– Ordinary people were there to honour an ordinary baby.
– Animals were there to honour the Word-Become-Flesh.
– Angelic spirits came to honour Him who was one with the Holy Spirit.
– Shepherds came to honour the Good Shepherd.
– And kings came to honour the King of Kings.

If the innkeeper had hung around, he would have represented those who offer a home to the homeless and set the lonely in familes despite desperate times. If a midwife was called in, she would be as one who presides over new life. And if Herod had ever made it, to slit the child’s throat … he would have been the only one walking in the door with a hidden agenda.

A Set of Hats

King David, the man after God’s own heart, had a life story that ran like this:

– a child with only one acknowledged parent
– a shepherd
– anointed to a kingship that was not ready for him
– a soldier loyal to his king but a rebel to the government’s ungodly activities
– he gathered the disaffected and gave them belonging
– a mercenary general
– a partial king
– a full king.

Jesus, David’s descendant, has a life story that’s remarkably similar:

– a child with only one acknowledged parent
– anointed to a kingship that was not ready for Him
– a shepherd to His disciples
– loyal to His King but a rebel to the synagogue’s man-made decrees
– He gathered the disaffected and gave them belonging
– After His death, He became General of what we call the Army of the Lord – those who are clad in the full armour of God and serve Him first and foremost
– And He is the King who was, and is, and is to come.

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