The last day
If you’ve been reading along then you know I’ve been posting my thoughts about the 12 days of Christmas
If you’ve missed any days they are posted on my Fb timeline and also my website
Drum roll please…
12 Drummer Drumming
I love the sound of drums. Drums keep the heartbeat of a song. The provide the pace and the rhythm.
Thought to be the 12 tribes of Israel or perhaps the apostles creed…
1. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
2. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
3. Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
5. On the third day He rose again.
6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
9. The holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
10. The forgiveness of sins,
11. The resurrection of the body,
12. And the life everlasting.
You may have read my other posts the past 12 days that give alternative thoughts on what the numbers could also represent.
So here’s what I found as I dug deeper:
Interestingly, the words “twelve” and “twelfth” are used 212 times in the Bible. A large majority of these uses are connected to, and point to, the 12 sons of Jacob (who’s name was later changed to Israel), which formed the 12 tribes of Israel. The 12 sons/tribes begins in Genesis, and these “reminders,” pointing back to them, continue all the way to the last book of the Bible in Revelation.
Jesus also chose 12 apostles (also called disciples) and said that in the regeneration, the 12 apostles would sit on 12 thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel (Mt 19:28).
In John 11:9 Jesus said “there are 12 hours of light in the day. Whoever walks in the light will not stumble and fall because they can see with the light from the sun.” 💡 ☀️
Revelation also highlights 12.
12 stars, 12 gates, 12 angels, 12 inscriptions of the 12 tribes, 12 foundation stones, 12 pearls, and the tree of life producing fruit 12 times a year
12 is a number of completion.
It’s the number of months chosen for years, it’s the turning point for kids to become teenagers, time is measured in 2 groups of 12 hours. There are 12 inches in a foot.
Maybe these #12 thoughts from me have encouraged you to think about the song 12 Days Of Christmas in a whole new way.
Now that the song is finished – our journey still continues.
For many people – today is the day they take down Christmas decorations. The reason for the season is Jesus’ birth. Today transitions from the picture of a baby in a manger – to a man being publicly baptized and revealing that He was indeed The Son of God.
This day is considered by some groups as “Three King’s Day” – representing the wise men meeting Jesus for the first time. The Bible doesn’t say there were three wise men. It shares that there were three GIFTS. It also says these wise men (however many there were) were scientists, astronomers, and well-educated. Despite their earthly knowledge- after they met with King Herod to tell him there was a new king born – they had an epiphany (or a message) that told them to not return to Herod.
Something I found out is that in Eastern Christianity Syriac (areas near Israel, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria) churches, they believe that there were not 3 wise men…there were 12.
When the wise men (some considered to be kings) arrived in Bethlehem – they didn’t find Jesus swaddled in a manger. The Bible says they visited Him in a house. We don’t know how long it had been since Jesus’ birth. Even Herod didn’t know which is why he ordered the killings of all boys under the age of 2 – not just newborns.
According to Matthew 2 – when the wise men arrived st the house, Mary was with baby Jesus. They had been following a star and somehow the star “stopped” and pointed to the location of Jesus. The gifts they brought were gold for His honor as the King of the universe (which likely helped Joseph and Mary since they needed to pay rent and buy food and prepare for another journey to Nazareth), Frankincense as a healing perfume and spiritual resin, and myrrh which is typically used as an anointing oil and during embalming before burial (perhaps as a prediction of the death Jesus would have but three decades later).
Did you know that in order to make frankincense and myrrh resin, a tree has to be slashed and “allowed to bleed” for the sap to form these valuable elements? They even form tear-shaped droplets. Think about that. The most common place to find these trees is in Saudi Arabia and northern Africa.
When these essential elements and oils are combined they have antiseptic properties.
After the visit, the wise men had an epiphany (a dream) that warned them not to go back to Herod, so they continued back to the lands they came from.
Tomorrow(Jan 6) is called Epiphany – which means a sudden flash (manifestation or appearance) of insight or revelation (understanding) of something that has become illuminated.
Perhaps reading these 12 days has opened your mind to something wider and brighter.
Lord thank You for reminding us of why you sent Jesus to the Earth, for loving us by sharing and sacrificing Your son, for forgiveness and taking our burdens, for wanting us to be united with You eternally, for continued discernment, Grace, and illumination. To You be all the glory forever. Amen.
Happy new year!