Ezekiel, in the sixth century B.C. says swaddling was referred to as an indication that a baby was properly cared for. In Ezekiel 16:4, the Lord speaks to Israel about the abandoned and desperate condition in which He had found his people, saying:
Ezekiel 16:4 "As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths.” (NKJV)
The wrapping of Jesus is noted by angels that Jesus is cared for by the Father, as implied in Ezekiel 16:1-8.
Jesus was washed, rubbed, and wrapped in cloth at birth. Historically and Biblically, this is an emblem of love and care.
In salvation, we are washed in his blood, wrapped in His righteousness, to walk in new life.
I’m Pastor Larry Lilly of Berean Baptist in Terre Haute. You make today count.