And you, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, even the former dominion shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”
A little known scripture to most, it is stuck in my mind because of the phrase “tower of the flock.”
This place known as Migdal-Eder (tower of the flock) is first seen in the Bible after the death of Rachel when Israel journeyed and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder. Gen 35:21
The significance of the tower lies in the sheep kept around it in later years. It is said these sheep were the Paschal lambs, destined for sacrifice at the Temple.
It lied outside Bethlehem toward Jerusalem and basically was a huge tower where sheep were watered and fed – tall enough to see for miles as to keep the shepherds from getting lost.
Have you ever wondered how the shepherds found the Christ Child when told He was lying in a manger?
There was only one significant manger those shepherds would know – Migdal Eder – the tower of the flock. It is here they found a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. Luke 2:12
How appropriate the Lamb of God should be born at the place Pascal lambs were also birthed.