For "Scripture Sunday", I know, it's is late.
Live Writer and I are having a problem. So I will have to add the pictures when I get this sorted out.
One commentary states, “As these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born on the 25th of December, when no flocks were out in the fields. On this very ground the nativity in December should be given up” (Adam Clarke’s Commentary, note on Luke 2:8).
The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary agrees: “These humble pastoral folk are out in the field at night with their flock—a feature of the story which would argue against the birth (of Christ) occurring on Dec. 25 since the weather would not have permitted it” (1971, note on Luke 2:4-7).
For more about why Jesus Christ’s birth could not have been Dec. 25 and how it came to be celebrated that day, see our article “Christmas: Should Christians Celebrate It?”"
Christmas Was Stolen from Pagans!!
Does The Bible Say When Jesus was born
Since Elizabeth (John’s mother) was in her sixth month of pregnancy when Jesus was conceived (Luke 1:24-36), we can determine the approximate time of year Jesus was born if we know when John was born. John’s father, Zacharias, was a priest serving in the Jerusalem temple during the course of Abijah (Luke 1:5). Historical calculations indicate this course of service corresponded to June 13-19 in that year ( The Companion Bible, 1974, Appendix 179, p. 200).
It was during this time of temple service that Zacharias learned that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a child (Luke 1:8-13). After he completed his service and traveled home, Elizabeth conceived (Luke 1:23-24). Assuming John’s conception took place near the end of June, adding nine months brings us to the end of March as the most likely time for John’s birth. Adding another six months (the difference in ages between John and Jesus) brings us to the end of September as the likely time of Jesus’ birth." At the time of The Feast off Tabernacles.
Video and Transcript at: http://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-television-program/when-was-jesus-born
A very late update. Been very busy here with a sewer problem here at my house. When Johnnie and I built the first part of the house we had installed a clean-out, but the contractors who finished this house didn't, so we were digging in the front yard trying to find the sewer. Finally pulled the toilet in the master bath and rented a sewer machine. Jay took time off from his job and ran it down the hole for me. A root had grown into the sewer pipe between my house and the central sewer. That caused back ups in both bathrooms and the utility sink in the workshop, so I had a lot of disinfecting, mopping and laundry to do. Then on Sunday, I picked Jay up again and we shampooed the carpets. Hadn't been done for quite a while, so that seemed a good time to do it. Trying to get everything put back in place took most of the evening so that is why I didn't post then.
The guest house repairs are slowly coming along. Jay is working somewhere else right now, so I am paying anyone who isn't working elsewhere to help. Some of them weren't any good, so I know why they aren't working!! A crazy gal who lives down the street has been helping me with some sheetrock taping and floating.
We had taken out one window, as that is where the fridge will be and added three windows, two little 'portholes' in the side of the future kitchen, and one wide one in the future bathroom. Also took out a tall window and replaced it with a wide one over where the kitchen sink will be at the front of the house. There is a great view all the way down the road from that wide window. So that did make some repairs to the sheetrock necessary.
The little kitchen windows will be between the top and bottom cabinets. Just little 'portholes' to see out on that side and into the adjacent greenhouse.
Then Jay needed help on the job he was doing, so I have spent some time down there. Any other free moments I have been listing stuff for sale on eBay and Craigslist. I have been making a lot of turkey bone broth, too!
The pastor and his wife have both been sick so I was asked to take charge of the potlucks the last two Sabbaths. I am able to stay in the chapel for the first part of the services, then I have to put the food in the oven to warm up. So I don't get to hear all the Teachings, even though it is broadcast in the kitchen/dining hall.
Typical Texas December… First we had some freezing nights and then it is in the mid 70's during the day.