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Ebeneezer Scrooge is a fictional character that had no respect for the celebration of Christmas. He was interested in making money, and had no desire to honor the holiday, for its real purpose. He changed by the end of the book, but today we have many "Scrooges" who cannot even use the word "Christmas". They claim they do not want to "offend" anyone.


Many of these same people who do not want to offend any "non-Christian" are very offensive to Christians when they celebrate Halloween with witches and devils. Many can honor the devil, but cannot say "Christmas".

Malls and stores can only say a generic "HAPPY HOLIDAYS", but are unable to name the holiday they are celebrating. Money is the only reason for their celebration at all. They are worse than "Scrooge". They are hypocritical in their denial of their offensive slam against true Christianity, and the celebration of the conception of One of the Godhead into mankind.

In Bible days, there were "Scrooges" of that time also.




Luke 2:1, 4-7

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David[smile]

To be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child,

And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."


The Hebrew word "malon" meant a "night resting place." Many inns were in use in the land. Rahab, of Jericho was an inn-keeper according to Jewish targums, and that is why the spies were in her home when they went to spy out Jericho... The people of Jericho who were searching for these spies therefore assumed these travelers would be in her home.


The upper room of the last supper was the large room used to house travelling people of that day... They did not have separate rooms for each family... but a large room meant to house many weary travelers. (Mark 14:14, Luke 22:11 uses the word "guest-chamber" to refer to the upper room, and it is the same word in Luke 2:7 that refers to the inn of Bethlehem.)


Joseph and Mary had expected to receive welcome at the inn within Bethlehem. The inn-keeper was likely a friend, and perhaps a relative, for most people in Bethlehem were related as descendants of David.


The stable was a wood frame, covered by rocks and earth to help insulate from the cold and rain. The animals of the travelers would be housed within the stable of the inn. Often there was an upper platform, slightly above the level of the floor of the stable, where someone having care of the animals would sleep. With the inn itself being so full, it is likely this shelf was likewise already occupied.


Therefore, Mary and Joseph were left with only the floor of a stable. There amidst the excrement of horses, donkeys, and other animals, Mary and Joseph had to seek rest. When Jesus was born, the manger, a feeding structure for the animals was the cleanest and safest place for the newborn Messiah.


The innkeeper was so pre-occupied with:

his work,
his property,
his business,
his income,
and his plans

that the baby being born in his stable was not so important to him. The Holy Spirit and the prophecies of the Word of God were telling the people of a soon coming Messiah, and yet, the innkeeper was too busy to hear, to discern, or to care about a Savior. The innkeeper had no room for Jesus, as do many today.


Like the wise men, he could have noticed the "star" that had appeared two years before, and could have known the well-known prophecy of a Messiah to be born in Bethlehem two years following this event. Yet, he was too busy and pre-occupied.


Like many 'scrooge-like' people today, the innkeeper had other interests. We need to beware of such attitude. God gave this world the greatest gift possible to give. He gave us the "SON" Who came to live with mankind, die for our sins, and be resurrected to guarantee that we also could someday be resurrected to eternal life. There is no greater gift than that! We give gifts at Christmas, to commemorate such gift.

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