Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 12: Born in Bethlehem
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 13th, 2013

Micah 5:2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. 

Matthew 2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, ....... 4 And assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: 6 “ ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ” 7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 

John 7:40 When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” 43 So there was a division among the people over him. 44 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. 
The bible shows us so many Divine Paradoxes. A great God that became a man. An innocent Son of God who became guilty. A Savior who died that we might live. He who is the Judge of men allowed Himself to be judged by men. The list goes on and on. In this prophecy we see yet another. A Great Savior that came from a very small and insignificant town.

Bethlehem was barely worth counting in a census. It was insignificant in population and achievement. It had no real name for itself. Its name, however, is significant. Jesus said “I am the bread of life. (John 6:35, 48, 51)” This is notable because Bethlehem means “House of Bread.” It truly was a house of bread when our Savior and Lord was born. Just as bread satisfies the hungry, His presence would satisfy men, women and children who are hungry for God for thousands of years to come. Ephratah means “fruitful.” It is the ancient name for Bethlehem and the designation in Micah distinguishes this Bethlehem in Judah (5 miles south of Jerusalem) from the Bethlehem in Zebulun.

Because the angel told Joseph to flee with the baby Jesus, they moved to Egypt. Mary and Joseph were from Galilee, originally. This is where they returned when our Lord was around 12 years old. When Jesus’ earthly ministry was revealed with teaching, signs and wonders, the argument was made that He couldn’t be the Messiah because He was from Galilee. But He was born in Bethlehem just as the scriptures said. The scripture never said that the Messiah would live there all of His life. This proves that it is important never to add to what the scripture is saying. You may miss what God is trying to say.

Posted in Bible 2013, Messianic Prophecies    Tagged with Bethlehem, Ephratah


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