I posted this last year but it is always a great reminder of how much our Lord loves us!
In the 16th century in England, the church was controlled by the state; consequently, any teaching that contradicted what the state mandated, was not permitted. Nevertheless, people found creative ways to teach their children about God through songs. One of them was “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
All through the song we sing “my true love,” which refers to God almighty who really is our eternal true love.
–On the first day of Christmas the partridge; in England this bird is supposed to be very courageous because he defends his own with his life, that is why it is used here to represent Jesus Christ who gave His life for all of us. The pear tree symbolizes the cross. See John 3:16 and John 10:14-15.
–On the second day of Christmas two turtle doves represent the Old and New Testaments. Another post said that it represents the offering Mary and Joseph brought to the Temple when they presented Jesus, see Luke 2:22-24. Also the sacrifices offered by the Jews in the olden days as mentioned in the book of Leviticus 14:30-31.
–On the third day of Christmas three French hens represented the expensive gifts the Magi gave to the baby Jesus, see Matthew chapter 2. Gold represented Him as a king, frankincense represented Him as a priest and myrrh represented Him as a prophet. Another post says that it stood for faith, hope and love.
–On the fourth day of Christmas four calling birds were the four gospels or good news ofMatthew, Mark, Luke & John. The gospels are used by the Holy Spirit to call sinners to Christ.
–On the fifth day of Christmas five golden rings remind us of the precious five books of the Law in the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
–On the sixth day of Christmas six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation. This represents new beginnings or new life. See the book of Genesis chapter one.
–On the seventh day of Christmas seven swans a-swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit to believers: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy. See Romans 12:6-8. A-swimming implies action so these gifts are to be used by the believers for His Glory.
–On the eighth day of Christmas eight maids a-milking symbolize the eight beatitudes or blessings given by Jesus Christ to believers in the book of Matthew chapters three through chapter 10.
–On the ninth day of Christmas nine ladies dancing remind us of the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control. See Galatians 5:22-23.
–On the tenth day of Christmas ten lords a-leaping stand for the ten commandments given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, see Exodus chapter 20.
–On the eleventh day of Christmas eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful disciples: Peter, Andrew, James son of Zebedee, John his brother, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot. See Matthew 10:2-4.
–On the twelfth day of Christmas twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed,
1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
5. The third day he rose again from the dead:
6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:
9. I believe in the holy catholic (all embracing) church: the communion of saints:
10. The forgiveness of sins:
1l. The resurrection of the body:
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.
“Be Thou My Vision” an old Irish Hymn – with pictures of different old time preachers that have changed the world –performed by Robin Mark