As the venture in the sermon series for 2020 now makes it way into Luke chapter two, we find ourselves amid a manger. After doing some research, one can find that a manger or trough is a rack for fodder, or a structure or feeder used to hold food for animals. The word comes from the French manger (meaning "to eat"), from Latin mandere (meaning "to chew"). Mangers are mostly used in livestock raising and generally found at stables and farmhouses. They are also used to feed wild animals, e.g., in nature reserves. A similar trough providing drinking water for domestic or non-domestic animals is a watering trough and may be part of a larger watering structure called abreuvoir.
So, what’s the point with all this research? Why might we even be interested in knowing this? You see, it comes down to the fact that the moment Jesus encountered the manger that we now view mangers differently. We do not view them the same; we see them differently. They are forever changed. Sound familiar? This kind of sounds like humanity’s story.
Think about it. Pray about it. God bless.