Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Co.
Location: New Glarus, WI
Style: Irish Amber Ale ABV: 5.7%
Info on Beer/Brewery: Snowshoe is one of New Glarus Brewing Co. winter seasonals. Snowshoe features a rich malty flavor from the blend of American and German malts that are used and ends with a hop kick. Snowshoe will pour a beautiful copper-red. Kick off your show shoes (because all the snow melted) and enjoy tonight’s ale.
Cheers to Snowshoes (even though I’ve never worn any)!
Advent Reflection: Matthew 2:1-12 (reflection on vv.1-4)
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,
2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'”
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”
9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
The wise men are prominent figures in the birth of Jesus narrative. They are ‘traditionally’ referred to as the three wise men (even though we don’t know how many they are). What we do know is that they came from the east because of a star and they came to worship this baby boy who was born ‘king of the Jews’. What is so interesting about this statement is who they were saying it to. King Herod was the ‘king of the Jews’ during this time period. He was one of the most ruthless figures in history. In fact, the following is an excerpt from historian Josephus…..
Herod had ten wives and many children, and palace intrigue was thick throughout Herod’s reign. This included plots, assassination attempts, deception, and treachery by almost everyone around him. Over the years this led Herod to execute his wife Mariamne and his sons Alexander, Aristobulus, and Antipater, among many other relatives and conspirators. Herod lived among people he could not trust, and he regularly feared for his life and throne. This uncertainty and upheaval led Herod to make six different wills; he changed the wills based upon whom he thought he could trust. -‘Herodian Dynasty’ in Dictionary of New Testament Background
You can imagine how Herod responded when wise men from the East travelled all the way into his kingdom to ask the question: “Where is the King of Jews?” In Herod’s mind, he was it. “Who is this king?” He inquires in great disturbance.
Herod’s kingdom was threatened by the birth of this baby. My question to you tonight as you reflect is this:……..Is your kingdom threatened by this baby? Or will you, like the wise men, marvel and wonder and come to worship this baby boy?