Eight Maids A-Milking: The REAL Twelve Days of Christmas

The Real Twelve Days of Christmas

Merry eighth day of Christmas – and Happy New Year!

The Christmas season, or Christmastide, doesn’t actually begin until Christmas Day, lasting for the next twelve days until the Feast of Epiphany on January 6, and celebrating the Incarnation: “God With Us”! These are the days referred to in the popular Christmas carol. So, we’re celebrating the real twelve days of Christmas with a short explanation and thought for each day. If you’re coming into the series late, click here to start with the first day:)

Here’s day eight of the real twelve days of Christmas:

On the eighth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me eight maids a-milking…

Just as milk nourishes the body, the Bible nourishes us spiritually. The eight maids a-milking represent the eight Beatitudes, Jesus’ introduction to the Sermon on the Mount:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5: 3-10

So how are we to take the Beatitudes? Are they commands? A checklist for living a blessed life? How should we understand them? R.W. Glenn explains this clearly:

The context makes it clear that Jesus is describing what happens in a person’s life when they come to understand God’s grace in the gospel (see Matthew 4:23).

You can read a short explanation in the article The Good News in Jesus’s Beatitudesand the best book I’ve ever read on this subject is Crucifying Morality: The Gospel of the BeatitudesIt’s only $4.99 for Kindle, and it would be a perfect study to start off the new year!

Crucifying Morality

Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to the new year with everyone in the Home With Purpose community. Wishing you all a wonderful 2014!

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