Posts from December 2020

Seven Swans A-Swimming

It would take someone quite familiar with the Bible to identify this gift.  Hidden in the code are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: prophecy, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and compassion as listed in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12.  As swans are one of the most beautiful and graceful creatures on earth, they would seem to be a perfect symbol for the spiritual gifts.  As these various gifts are listed in both Romans and 1 Corinthians, they are preceded by these…

Six Geese A-laying

The lyrics for the 6th day of Christmas take us back to the very first story found in the Bible.  Each egg is a day in creation’s week, the time when the world was “hatched,” or formed by God.  The 6 days of creation are the first demonstration in the history of the world of God giving his people all the good gifts which they need.  Just ponder the 6 days of creation below and wonder in awe at all the good gifts which God has put into your life and continues to pour into your life:  Day…

Five Gold Rings

The gift of the rings represents the first 5 books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch. Those five books are: 1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy. They give the creation of the world, the history of humanity’s sinful failure, God’s response of grace and God keeping the line of the Savior intact. We will save a discussion of the creation of the world for tomorrow as that is what the…

Four Calling Birds

One of the easiest facets of the song’s code to figure out, these fowl are the four Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The four calling birds of the fourth day of Christmas remind us of how God uses the words he inspired each of those 4 Gospel writers to record to call people to faith in Jesus as their Savior. Did you ever wonder why there are 4 Gospels instead of just one?  There are a number of…

Three French Hens

These birds represent faith, hope, and love. This gift takes us back to 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter written by the apostle Paul. While we might think that the three French hens of the third day of Christmas can be a reminder to us of the 3 persons of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit; they can also be a reminder to us of 3 virtues of our Christian faith which the Apostle Paul lays out in…

Two Turtledoves

These twin birds represent the Old and New Testaments.  So in this gift, the singer finds the complete story of the Christian faith and God’s plan for the world.  The doves are the biblical roadmap that is available to everyone. The two turtledoves of the second day of Christmas remind us of the great importance of every word, every book and every part of the Bible.  They remind us that the Old Testament is not old and out of date,…

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . . a partridge in a pear tree. The partridge in a pear tree represents Jesus, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on the first day of Christmas. Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge, a bird that will die to protect its young. As we contemplate the meaning of this first verse of the song, there is so much about our Christian faith…
12 Days of Christmas

12 Day of Christmas Devotion Overview

The image above pictures a rather well-known Christmas carol – “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.  You’ve listened to this carol for years and probably wondered what do swimming swans and leaping lords have to do with Christmas?  Once you understand the origin of the song, it truly has a Christian meaning.  In the late 1500’s following the Reformation, there were efforts to outlaw the Christian faith in some countries.  This caused the Church, in those countries, to go underground.  To hide the important elements of their teaching (which at that time were illegal), Christian leaders composed poems that seemed innocent to most,…