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What the Drummer Boy Didnt Know

What the Drummer Boy Didnt Know

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A selection of stories for children based on Bible based values
A selection of stories for children based on Bible based values

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Published by: antony_mccarthy on Jan 17, 2012
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 ==== ====For Christian Affirmations And Personalized Bible Scriptures click linkhttp://207e5czep-50azbyo4b63o8x0r.hop.clickbank.net/  ==== ====What the Drummer Boy Didn’t Know Value: The Story of Hanukah The children of the shepherds waited eagerly not far from Bethlehem to hear the story of theirparents visit to see the Christ child. Little Johannes sat on the hill watching the tiny barn in thevalley where they say the miracle baby was just born. But instead of his parents, a small boycame out carrying a drum and made his way up the hill. “Oh hello.” The little drummer boy said when he saw the young shepherd boy. “I am Amahl.” “I am Johannes.” The shepherd introduced himself. “Have you been to see the Christ child?” “Yes, I traveled here with the wise men from the east. I could not afford a gift so they let me playmy drum for him. I will never forget it.” Amahl told his new friend sitting next to him in the snow. “Yes, I want to see the messiah so much. It is the greatest miracle to come to our people sincethe Hanukah miracle.” Johannes reflected. “I am not part of your proud Hebrew tradition.” Amahl confessed. “What is this story of Hanukah?” So Amahl began to draw pictures in the snow to tell the story. “A long time ago, over hundred andfifty years ago to be exact, the Hebrew people were being treated very cruelly by bad men whowere the government. They did not respect our religion and they destroyed our temple and putfilthy things that made our temple unholy on our alters and killed many many people” “Oh that must have been terrible.” Amahl observed. “Stories are told of this horrible treatmentaround the world. The wise men who brought me talked of them during the long ride toBethlehem. They said a great champion saved your people.” “Yes, that’s true. His name was Judas Maccabeus and God gave him great victories over ouroppressors. He was able to defeat armies of ten thousand with just a few hundred soldiers justlike the great deliverers of history did. It was truly a show of how faithful and protective God is ofhis people.” Johannes continued. “So you celebrate Hanukah because of the miracle of deliverance that God did through JudasMaccabeus?” Wondered Amahl. “Well there’s more to the story.” Amahl continued happy to be able to tell the story of the Hanukahmiracle. “Judas Maccabeas drove the oppressors from our land. Our priests and valiant men tookthe temple back as the battle raged. In the temple there is a flame that is to burn for eternity. It
 
represents that God is present in the temple and He will never leave us or forsake us. When ourpriests reentered the temple that day, they found the lamp still burning despite the horrible thingsthe enemy had done to our holy places. It showed us for sure that God never left us and will neverleave us, even when we suffer.” Johannes said sound much like his father when the story is toldeach year in their home. “This is a wonderful God you have. I wish all the peoples of the world could come to Him.” Amahlsaid sadly. “The miracle of Hanukah shows that God will save his people no matter what. The priests foundthere was only enough oil for one day left for the lamp to continue to burn. Because they had tostay in the temple as the battle raged on, there was no way they could go find oil for the lamp andyet that lamp was God’s presence with us. For eight days they waited to get out to get more oil.”Amahl said whispering in awe. “And the lamp? Did God’s presence lift because the oil ran out?” Johannes asked eagerly. “NO!” Amahl said triumphantly, “The lamp burned for eight days on one days worth of oil. That isthe miracle of Hanukah and why we celebrate each year for eight days to commemorate that Godwould not let his spirit lift from us even though supplies were not available to keep the lampburning. Our God is not bound by missing oil or anything. He has the power to do miracles for allof his people. And now he has done the greatest miracle, he has sent His only son, Jesus to saveall people so we all can be his children.” “As we traveled.” Amahl said, “the wise men spoke of salvation for all people too. Isn’t your God just the God of the Hebrews and didn’t Jesus just come to save the Jews just as Judas Maccabeesaved the Jewish people from outsiders?’ He asked confused. Amahl face lit up because he suddenly understood why Hanukah and Christmas are about thesame thing. “The miracle of the Christ child is like Hanukah. Just as God declared in Hanukahthat his presence will always be with us, now even more is God coming to be our friend and saviorbecause God himself has come, not just oil form him or blessing but God himself has come to bewith us forever. And the miracle is greater still because as the angel choir sang, his salvation isfor all people, the Jews, the wise men from the east, you Amahl, all people can receive thesalvation from God.” Both boys got goose bumps from the amazing thing they learned about God. And on that very firstChristmas night, Jew and non Jew alike joined hands and accepted the gift of life from Jesus justlike you and your family have done and people in your community will continue to do as you tellthem the story of the amazing miracle of God’s blessings shown in Hanukah and in the coming ofhis son, our savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. ==== ====For Christian Affirmations And Personalized Bible Scriptures click link

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