The first birth announcement on record about Jesus went to shepherds working the night shift, “keeping an eye on their sheep” (Luke 2:8). If God has a flair for the dramatic and a taste for metaphor, what do you think the value was in an angelic announcement like this to shepherds whose status on the social ladder was lower than dirt?
If God played poker, he saw their status lower than dirt and he raised them higher than the sky. Getting a message from an angel would have put them in the company of Israel’s most respected spiritual leaders. Angels came to Abraham, father of the Jewish people (Genesis 21:17; 22:11). David, too, Israel’s best-loved king (2 Samuel 24:17). The angel Gabriel visited the prophet Daniel (Daniel 8:17).