Can you imagine giving birth to your infant in a stinky barn surrounded by smelly animals? Yuck! Or did God select Migdal Eder to have His son enter the world? Let’ discover where God brought His son into the world.
What was Midgal Eder used for ?
It might surprise you, Migal Eder was an outpost of the temple, where the Passover lamb were born, so it would be clean and sterile for the sacrificial lambs.
Where Is Migdal in the Bible?
Migdal Eder isn’t a barn but a two story circular tower. The name Migdal Eder is translated as “flock tower”. Of course it’s the tower of the flock is situated in Bethlehem, the city where Christ is born. First we will explore why Jesus is linked with the lamb throughout the bible. location for Christ’s birth. Jesus and the “Lamb” are linked throughout the Bible.
Jesus Lamb of God
The following verses show Jesus and the lamb connected through sacrifice in the Old Testament.
Abraham’s lamb caught in a thicket.
Moses smeared lamb’s blood over doorposts.
Isaiah prophesied, “He was led as a lamb to the slaughter.”
John the Baptist announced, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
But all that changes after Jesus death, the sacrificial lamb becomes victorious.
“The marriage supper of the Lamb.”
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.”
For the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Rev.21:23
No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. Rev. 22:3
In the Book of Revelation “The Lamb” represents Jesus twenty-nine times.
Therefore Jesus and the lamb are linked which further supports Migal Eder is a viable location for Jesus birth instead of the traditional stable narrative.
Angels led Shepherds to Migal Eder
The three wise men had a star guiding them to Jesus. But the shepherds revealed clues leading the shepherds to the infant at Migal Eder.
Luke 2:12, “And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
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First clue for Migdal Eder
According to Strong’s concordance, the Greek word “sparganon” means “to swathe, wrap in swaddling clothes.”
Unquestionably, at Migdal Eder, is the place where the wrapping of the Passover lambs occurred. The shepherd would used temple certified strips of cloth to tightly wrap these special lambs preventing any blemishes. Since no blemished lambs would be used in the sacrificing of lambs on Passover.
Second clue for Midgal Eder
Next, the angels informed the shepherds the baby would be in a manger, but where? Obviously there would probably hundreds of mangers strewn throughout Bethlehem. Since most families had animals on their property.
The word, manger in Luke 2:12 refers to as a feeding trough, stall or crib. Another odd scripture also refers to manger.
“Where no oxen are the crib(manger) is clean.” proverbs 14:4
Could the place where no oxen is be Midgal Eder? The place where only the sacrificial lambs were birthed. No oxen or other animals were allowed at the Tower of the Flock. And the above verse clearly, points out the area is clean which is precisely points to Midgal Eder since it had to be spotless since these lambs were destined for the temple.
Special Shepherds for Midgal Eder
The shepherds were familiar with scripture and protocol. According to Alfred Edersheim, a biblical scholar, these shepherds weren’t ordinary shepherds but a special force of rabbis. Specifically trained to raise the Passover lambs and knowing scripture and could easily figure out the clues the angels provided.
Let’s picture Jesus’ birth at Midgal Eder
“This is a strange place for God’s baby to enter the world,” said Joseph swaddling the newborn baby.
“Joseph where did you get those bands of cloth? That’s not the outfit I brought from Nazareth,” said Mary holding her arms out for Jesus.
Joseph smiled, “As I was cleaning your…I mean our baby, I used the clean strips of temple cloth. Figuring if they are good enough for the Passover lambs than they are good enough for the God’s son. Look at him Mary, he’s perfect not a blemish on him.”
“Jesus should have been born at home, not Midgal Eder. It seems like God arranged his son to be born in the City of David, right here with the Passover lambs.” Mary began stroking Jesus’ cheek.
”Joseph eye’s twinkled “That’s it! Micah’s prophecy, ‘But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, are small among the thousands of Judah, out of you will come forth one who will be ruler over Israel; whose origins are from old ancient times.’”
“The King Messiah from where does He come forth? From the royal city of Bethlehem.’ Mary kisses Jesus forehead.
“You need to rest, Mary.” said Joseph placing a fistful hay into the manger. “Jesus can sleep in here.”
“In the feeding trough?” asked Mary hugging Jesus tight to her chest.
The Christmas Star at Midgal Eder
“It looks spotless.” Joseph paused “Look at that bright star. Strange.”
Mary smiled. “A star shall come out of Jacob a scepter shall rise out of Israel.”
“Look Mary” Joseph pointed at the shepherds that came into Migal Eder.
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord,”
MIGDAL EDER’S FIRST APPEARS IN THE BIBLE
Jacob sets his tent facing Migdal Eder (Genesis 35:21) right after Jacob’s beloved wife Rachel died. Rachel’s name means lamb!
MIGDAL EDER’S LAST MENTIONED IN MICAH
Mary, Joseph’s journey to Nazareth, Jesus birth at a field in Bethlehem, and the three of them traveling to Egypt is hidden in Micah’s prophecy reminding me of the boy in Christmas story attempting to decode his message.
O tower of the flock (MIGDAL EDER), the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. Be in pain and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail(MARY): for now, shalt go forth out of the city(NAZARETH) and thou shall dwell in the field(BETHLEHEM) and thou shalt go even to Babylon(EGYPT); there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. Micah 4.8:10, KJV( Emphasis mine).
Seven hundred years before this event Micah prophesied this entire journey! This passage clinches that Midgal Eder could be a possible birthplace of Jesus, the lamb that slain before the foundation of the world.
It doesn’t matter if Christ or Jesus was born in a stable or cave or Migal Eder, most important is Jesus was born and died for our sins.
We are all like Mary, pregnant/filled with Jesus. He lives inside each one of us, Christ in YOU the hope of glory!