Writes Higgs, “Shepherds were despised. They couldn’t keep the ceremonial laws while traveling about the hills, they were often regarded as thieves, and because they were considered unreliable, they were not permitted to give evidence in court. Yet this was whom God chose for his witnesses and entrusted with his good news. Men of humble means, they too were homeless, living outside ‘under the open sky’ (amp) near Bethlehem.”
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