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Why A Barn?

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The Greek word translated manger can also indicate a stall (Luke 13:15) which describes a cage where beasts not only have a place to lie down (usually on straw) but also easy access to their fodder via a box built on to one end, or side, of their accommodations.

The box is situated outside the cage and accessed by the animal via enough space between the cage's slats for an animal's head to slip thru so the beast can reach its food. I've seen arrangements like that at dairy farms and other facilities too.

Now; seeing as how it was God who planned Mary's pregnancy, then He could've easily timed it so baby Jesus would be born at home instead of out of town. God also could've manipulated the availability of adequate housing in Bethlehem but didn't.

It's as if God was determined that baby Jesus be born in rudimentary conditions instead of something a bit more comfortable and a whole lots more sanitary.
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According to Ps 110:4 Jesus was on track to become a high priest.

Well; according to Heb 2:16-18, priests have to be "merciful" which is translated from a Greek word relating to compassion. Someone who's lived a privileged life is likely not going to relate well to normal folks who suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune on a regular basis.

Below are some lyrics borrowed from a very sensitive song by the Canadian performer Gordon Lightfoot that tells me quite a bit about Jesus in the performance of his priesthood.

Rainy day people always seem to know when it's time to call.
Rainy day people don't talk, they just listen till they've heard it all.
Rainy day lovers don't lie when they tell 'ya they've been down like you.
Rainy day people don't mind if you're cryin' a tear or two.

Jesus is often depicted by artists as an attractive man but the Bible portrays him as just another unremarkable skull in the gene pool who knows what it's like to be marginalized.

"There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected-- a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care." (Isa 53:2-3)
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WebersHome wrote: Sat Dec 18, 2021 2:52 pm .
The Greek word translated manger can also indicate a stall (Luke 13:15) which describes a cage where beasts not only have a place to lie down (usually on straw) but also easy access to their fodder via a box built on to one end, or side, of their accommodations.

The box is situated outside the cage and accessed by the animal via enough space between the cage's slats for an animal's head to slip thru so the beast can reach its food. I've seen arrangements like that at dairy farms and other facilities too.

Now; seeing as how it was God who planned Mary's pregnancy, then He could've easily timed it so baby Jesus would be born at home instead of out of town. God also could've manipulated the availability of adequate housing in Bethlehem but didn't.

It's as if God was determined that baby Jesus be born in rudimentary conditions instead of something a bit more comfortable and a whole lots more sanitary.
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Unless......

https://christiantoday.com/article/no-r ... 120703.htm

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Jesus is often depicted by artists as an attractive man but the Bible portrays him as just another unremarkable skull in the gene pool who knows what it's like to be marginalized.

"There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected-- a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care." (Isa 53:2-3)
Here, again, there's more to the story:

https://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/ar ... ng-servant

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