Thursday, December 21, 2017

"In Bethlehem in Judea, they replied, for this is what the prophet has written: 'But you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; out of you will come for me a ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.'"         {Matthew 2:5-6} NIV 

As I think of the birth of Jesus, and the town where he was born, it is a well known place to me. Not so for the people of the day. Judea was the smallest tribe of Israel, and Bethlehem a remote village. Surely King Herod found it strange that a King would be born in such a distant, small place. 

The Jews would have known that King David,  the greatest King of Israel was born in the same Bethlehem. God doesn't make mistakes and so we see a connection here. The earthly King and the spiritual King, had similarities, as David was a "type" of Christ. God enjoys using the so called "weakest or smallest" things to show His power and ability. 

God is good at being God. He has a higher vantage point! Being eternal gives him a clear advantage too. What I am saying is, he is so far removed from our earthly realm, and far greater than our imagination can stretch. God knew exactly the right moment to send His son, as a defenseless, helpless babe.

 The prophet Micah said " out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."Jesus is called "the ancient of Days." He was from the beginning, and always will be, yet he paused to become flesh and blood. What, but love would compel Him to do such a thing?

 It says, "Every Good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights," James 1:17. Certainly God has given the best gift of all time in his precious, only son.What does he ask in return? Obedience. Worship God today just because He gave us his son. I don't know of a better way to obey him than that.

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