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Let the reader understand…
“Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.” (Ezek. 22:27)
- Have Jesus in a manger with no one there at first but Joseph and Mary (animals are optional).
- Have the shepherds show up. No angels. The angels are never described as visiting the baby. They show up while the shepherds are out of town. Read Luke, for pete’s sake.
- Have the shepherds take off.
- Replace the new born infant with a two year old or so toddler.
- Get the family out of the animal segment of the place and put them in the house proper. Read Matthew, for pete’s sake.
- Have the wise men show up. There may be any from 2 to, oh who knows, 10? Any number but 1 is actually fine since the Bible never specifies a number and only uses the plural.
- Have them present gifts. They can all give the three named gifts or each can give one or any variation of 1-3.
- Have them leave. The angels can’t be with them at the house and neither can the shepherds. Matthew’s account is chronologically distant from Luke’s. Luke’s narration is early on in the newborn’s life and Matthew’s is a couple of years later.
In sum, the shepherds and wise men weren’t there at the same time. The angels were never there. If you choose to telescope everything into one giant event, that’s your business. But realize, there’s no biblical justification for doing so and in fact to do so is to distort Scripture.
Stop letting art be your guide and let Scripture be instead.
Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος. οὗτος ἦν ἐν ἀρχῇ πρὸς τὸν θεόν. πάντα δι᾽ αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο, καὶ χωρὶς αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο οὐδὲ ἕν. ὃ γέγονεν ἐν αὐτῷ ζωὴ ἦν, καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ἦν τὸ φῶς τῶν ἀνθρώπων· καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει, καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν.
Ἐγένετο ἄνθρωπος, ἀπεσταλμένος παρὰ θεοῦ, ὄνομα αὐτῷ Ἰωάννης· οὗτος ἦλθεν εἰς μαρτυρίαν ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός, ἵνα πάντες πιστεύσωσιν δι᾽ αὐτοῦ. οὐκ ἦν ἐκεῖνος τὸ φῶς, ἀλλ᾽ ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός.
Ἦν τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀληθινόν, ὃ φωτίζει πάντα ἄνθρωπον, ἐρχόμενον εἰς τὸν κόσμον. ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ἦν, καὶ ὁ κόσμος δι᾽ αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο, καὶ ὁ κόσμος αὐτὸν οὐκ ἔγνω. εἰς τὰ ἴδια ἦλθεν, καὶ οἱ ἴδιοι αὐτὸν οὐ παρέλαβον. ὅσοι δὲ ἔλαβον αὐτόν, ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς ἐξουσίαν τέκνα θεοῦ γενέσθαι, τοῖς πιστεύουσιν εἰς τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ, οἳ οὐκ ἐξ αἱμάτων οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος σαρκὸς οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος ἀνδρὸς ἀλλ᾽ ἐκ θεοῦ ἐγεννήθησαν. Καὶ ὁ λόγος σὰρξ ἐγένετο καὶ ἐσκήνωσεν ἐν ἡμῖν, καὶ ἐθεασάμεθα τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ, δόξαν ὡς μονογενοῦς παρὰ πατρός, πλήρης χάριτος καὶ ἀληθείας. (Jn. 1:1-14)
52 Week Bible Reading Plan
Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels.
Duration: One year | Download: PDF
I recommend reading the OT portions in Hebrew and the NT portions in Greek, to keep your skills sharp. It’s an investment in time and effort that will pay huge dividends.
“He has given no one the power to proclaim his works to the end, and who can fathom his magnificent deeds? Who can assess his magnificent strength, and who can go further and tell all of his mercies. Nothing can be added to them, nothing subtracted, it is impossible to fathom the marvels of the Lord. When someone finishes he is only beginning, and when he stops he is as puzzled as ever.” – (Sir. 18:4-7)
It is, in all sincerity, the very best English translation of the Bible that has yet been produced. And, yes, I’ve looked at every English translation of the Bible and it really is the best. It is the most faithful to the underlying originals whilst maintaining a readability unsurpassed. Get it.