His Birthplace Foretold
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the.
4 He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. 5 And he will be their peace.
The promised ruler of Israel did not come as a surprise, the prophets told about his coming and they also told us where he would be born, down to the exact little village. This wasn’t a place to expect somebody special to come from but it was the place that God chose for his Son to begin his time here on planet earth.
God chosefrom the humble beginnings of Bethlehem and he will do the same with the future king that will sit on David’s throne.
, the husband of Naomi and father-in-law of Ruth, was from Bethlehem, as was (Ruth 1:1-2, 2:1,4). David was born in Bethlehem, and here he was anointed as future king by Samuel. *
Bethlehem means “” and Ephrathah means “fruitful.” What a beautiful picture these words give us about the coming King. It is pretty cool that the “house of bread” is where the “ ” was born. (John 6:1-35, 7:42)
God revealed his plan to Israel in great detail so that there could be no doubt that this child is our Savior, and yet so many ignore the facts and have no idea that God made his plan so clear.
I thank God for his plan, and that he made it so clear to us, his plan brought me salvation that I could never attain on my own.
Show me the plans that you have for me, Lord, give me enough detail for each moment, so that I may know your will and follow it.