Though many Christian scholars say cows might not have been there, Gustaf Dahlman, a biblical scholar, suggests that cows would have been included in the stable that night, which supports the hymn whose lyrics about the cattle (including the rest of the hymn) are below:
"the cattle are lowing, the poor baby wakes, but little lord Jesus no crying he makes
I love thee lord JesusLook down from the skyand stay by my cradletill morning is nigh
Be near me Lord JesusI ask thee to stayClose by me foreverand love me, I pray
Bless all the dear childrenin thy tender careand take us to heaven, to live with thee there"
What wonderful symbolism and traditions we have pertaining to cattle and cows.
This was the most sacred of nights, and it is not just about cows, but as we look at the symbols, we can find things there that lead us closer to the Savior.
But there are more symbolisms with the cow.
Isaiah 11 and repeated in 2 Nephi 21 has reference to a cow. I'm going to include the verse before as well, because it is another reference to a lamb, discussed on day 2.
"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."
"And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox."
I'm going to put in the next 2 verses for context here. "And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:6-9)
this is describing the Millenial reign, as Isiah saw it. What a wonderful symbolism of the cow here basking in the peace of millenial rest, as we all will when the Savior comes again.
So the symbolism of the cow goes from the manger to the millenium. My hope is that these may lead you closer to the Savior this Christmas.
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