The 12 Verses of Christmas #3

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Micah 5:2

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David: )

Luke 2:4

It’s always interesting to see a prophecy in the Old Testament fulfilled in the New Testament.  This is the prophecy that foretold the place that the Saviour would be born.  If for no other reason, I would think a person would be forced to believe the Bible just because of all of the varied prophecies from the Old testament that He fulfilled.

Bethlehem was a small, seemingly insignificant place.  It would not be the place that people would expect the King of the earth, the God-man, the Christ-child to be born.  It was “little among the thousands of Judah…”  It was not the capital city.  It was not the biggest city.  But it was the city that God chose to be the location for the birth of His only begotten Son.

While we might consider the location of the Saviour’s birth to be insignificant, there is nothing insignificant with God.  Every detail was planned.  There would be no mistakes.  Little Bethlehem was the place that God had chosen for His Son.

The story of the Saviour on Earth would begin in the lowly town of Bethlehem, in a manger.  The amazing part is that all of this was foretold hundreds of years before.  The Bible is an amazing book, filled with glimpses of the Saviour on every page.

8 responses to this post.

  1. I find it amazing that the “Bread of Life” came from “the house of bread”. How poetic is our God!

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  2. Thanks, Ben

    “there is nothing insignificant with God”
    I think this is my life’s theme. (Psalm 139) Thanks for including 🙂

    @Pastor J – neat-o! 😉

    Blessings,
    ann

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  3. P.S. ————— > 🙂

    thx

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  4. I am amazed by the prophecies too. I remember someone telling me that is often how Jews come to Christ, as they are shown from the Old Testament what it says and then the New.
    I’m reading 2 Samuel and just this morning read that David was 30 when he became king. And I thought of Jesus being 30 when He began His public ministry.
    God bless you and these 12 verses of Christmas!

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    • I have heard that, too. It’s cool how you can go through and see all of the parallels between the types of Christ in the Old Testament and the Lord in the New Testament. It all ties together beautifully.

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