Day 21 - Bethlehem
Read Micah 5:2.
Can you believe the details in all the prophecies about Jesus being born? God even said what town Jesus would come from!? But the amazing thing is that all these prophecies were indeed fulfilled. In Luke 2 when we learn that when Caesar Augustus made a decree that everyone should go to their hometown to be counted, the timing became such that Joseph and his wife Mary (who was pregnant with Jesus) were in Bethlehem when Mary went into labor. We can see how God is sovereign, or in control, over all things. He was in control of Caesar, who made the decree; He was in control of where Joseph’s hometown was, and the stories of his entire lineage, which we’ve seen little peeks of through this study; He was in control of how many months pregnant Mary was and when she went into labor and even where she went into labor.
Also, did you notice that Bethlehem wasn’t a special fancy city but a small and quite un-special town? Usually kings come from impressive places. Sure, this was where King David was born, but nobody would’ve expected him to be a king either! But even this, among so many other things, shows us the humility and heart of the Lord. Deuteronomy 7:7-8b says “It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you.” God loves to choose the small things that everyone else considers unimportant, because this proves that He is what makes things special and great.
Some people say there were over 300 prophecies predicting the coming of Jesus. And guess what: he fulfilled every single one of those. The Savior has come! So rejoice in that, praise Jesus that He doesn’t see things as the world sees them.
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