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Do You Hear What I Hear – A Monday Ramble

To be honest, I’ve never paid much attention to this quasi-Christmas carol, but it shows up in many of those Classic Christmas song mixes.

While we decorated our tree yesterday, we kept the Christmas playlist going, and so it came up a time or two. One of those times I happened to tune in to the words.

Am I the only one who can listen to a song (and even sing along sometimes) and never really pay attention to the words? It happens to me with songs I loved as a kid in the 60’s and 70’s. I listen to them now realize I had no idea what the song was about. So it has ever been with this Christmas classic (or perhaps this is a classic xmas carol.)

Having written last week about King Herod’s deplorable reaction to a potential threat to his throne, I heard old Bing singing about a king getting news of a child’s birth, and actually listened to these words.

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
do you know what I know
In your palace warm, mighty king,
do you know what I know
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring Him silver and gold
Let us bring Him silver and gold

Said the king to the people everywhere,
listen to what I say
Pray for peace, people everywhere!
listen to what I say
The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light

I suppose it could be talking about one of the three kings who saw the star in the east, so maybe I shouldn’t throw any stones here, but the shepherd is mixed into the story. (Not to mention talking sheep and a star with a tail—a commit?)

It was actually written by a couple, Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, under threat of Nuclear war. It was their plea for peace in a time of great turmoil. It has since been recorded by dozens of artists over the years, and fills the shopping malls every Christmas season.

But just for the record, it has nothing to do with the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

The king in the true story had a much different reaction to the news of a baby lying in the cold.

“Kill it!”

Much like the religious leaders thought when the little child grew up and started to threaten their power base.

The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against Him, as to how they might destroy Him. - Mark 3:6 NASB

This One who was indeed able to bring goodness and light, and to whom we ought to pray for peace, was not embraced by the powers of His day. They wanted to be done with Jesus. He was hunted by Herod, hated by the pharisees, derided by the scribes, entrapped by the lawyers, condemned by the government, scourged at the command of Pilate, mocked by the crowds, and finally crucified by the Romans.

And yet they were not done with Him. Not by a long shot.

Every player in the life of Jesus will again face Him.

Each one of them will bow their knee to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Each one of us will face this Prince of Peace.

He is the One who will reign forever and ever in a kingdom of peace.

You can be part of that kingdom today. You can serve this King and be among those He welcomes home with open arms like the Father of a prodigal.

I pray for peace today, peace between you and the Prince of Peace.

Will you invite Him in today? Will you let His incarnation draw you to His side?

cropped-BenHeadshot.jpgThanks for coming by. Sorry this was such a ramble.

Celebrate the Incarnation!


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3 thoughts on “Do You Hear What I Hear – A Monday Ramble

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  2. JE Lillie

    Not too bad a ramble Ben. I followed. I had just finished my afternoon devotion in Isaiah 2 and so it hit home. Let's humble ourselves before we are humbled before the manifest power of God's judgment!


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