Saturday before last, 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 9 days here.
"On the tenth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me...ten lords a-leaping..."
The 1828 Webster's Dictionary describes the term "lord" as the following:
"A master; a person possessing supreme power and authority; a ruler; a governor."Those referred to as "lord" in the Middle Ages (which is when "The 12 Days of Christmas" song was written), had authority to mandate adherence to the law as proclaimed in the land. Ten lords a-leaping is meant to represent the Ten Commandments of God as laid out in Exodus chapter 20 and again in Deuteronomy chapter 5.
But why are the lords leaping?
I long for Your deliverance, O Lord; I find delight in Your Law. Psalm 119:174
Or how about this one...
Praise the Lord! How blessed is the one who obeys the Lord, who takes great delight in keeping His commands. Psalm 112:1
Like the ten lords a-leaping, we ought to not only embrace God's Law, but we ought to love it, delight in it, and leap with joy at the thought of obeying it. After all, Jesus came to fulfill God's Law, not abolish it.(see Matthew 5:17 and Romans 3:31)
Hope y'all are staying warm out there wherever you are. I hear even Florida's cold right now, so that probably means most of you are too, if you live in the United States. I know I'm one frozen Southerner, myself.
See y'all tomorrow for day 11.