Saturday I started the 12 Days of Christmas post series based on a book called The Real 12 Days of Christmas by Helen Haidle. You can read the introduction about it and the first 5 days here.
"On the sixth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me...six geese a laying..."
Throughout history and in many cultures, eggs symbolize new life.
Even in the practice of the Passover Seder that the Jewish people still observe today, we can see an example of how the egg symbolizes life. One of the objects of remembrance that is placed on the Seder plate is a roasted hard-boiled egg. As a representation of life, the roasted egg is signifying the life of the lamb that, at one time, needed to be slain to wash them of their sin.
Here's what one website, ChosenPeople.com, said about the egg on the Seder plate:
"A roasted egg is on the seder plate to bring to mind the roasted daily temple sacrifice that no longer can be offered because the temple no longer stands. In the very midst of the Passover Seder, the Jewish people are reminded that they have no sacrifice to make them righteous before God."This is the reason that Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John in the New Testament was given the Name "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world". He made that sacrifice once-and-for-all, and it need never be repeated. It only needs to be applied to the heart of one who will believe. (see John 1:12; and John 3:15-18, just to start).
Now that we have established that an egg symbolizes new life, let's get back to those six geese laying so many of them. What could they represent as a gift from the Father (my True Love) to His children?
Most people (who don't resign to just believe that the song is nothing more than nonsense) say that the six geese a laying represents the six days of God's work of creation. With each of those days, God produced a different source of life, which, like the egg-laying geese, continues to produce more life.
We serve such a masterfully creative God.
This has been an interesting study to do. I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am!
See you in 2010!