Reading about the Swaddling Cloths that Mary wrapped Jesus in, brings to light a precious account of the care Jesus Christ received at His Birth. Swaddling Cloths appear much like the wrappings of a Mummy. This is significant when you factor in the purpose of The Incarnation. Jesus came to die as ransom to pay for the sins of the world.
Ancient Temple Shepherds wrapped newborn sacrificial lambs in Swaddling Cloths, and it was a common practice to do the same for loved children. The cloths were a sign of love, love that would be returned in spades by “The Babe.”
Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:12 "And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." Here’s a brief comment on Swaddling:
“Swaddling creates a slight pressure around the baby's body, which may give him a sense of security. The sensation mirrors the pressure he once felt in the womb (uterus). It may help to encourage the baby to sleep.” Harriet Gibbs https://www.babycentre.co.uk/x7660/what-are-the-dos-and-donts-of-swaddling
Job 38:9 When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band;
God is speaking to His creation, and He proclaims His love for with the above proclamation letting the Sea know of His care, security, by setting its restraints.
Most believe Luke’s Shepherds watching their flocks by night were Temple Shepherds well trained in Messianic traditions. When they heard the phrase “Wrapped in Swaddling cloths,” they knew this was a sign, and they rushed to Bethlehem.
The importance of Swaddling cloths is mentioned in 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.”
The entirety of Ezekiel 16 treats of the poverty of Jerusalem until God came and rescued her and set her as the greatest city in antiquity. (Read the chapter, for a heart warmer).
You may not have been wrapped in Swaddling Cloths, but for sure if you know Jesus Christ, you are “swaddled” in His unspeakable love and care.
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