Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Micah 5:2 (v.1 in the Hebrew text) reads,

“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 is one of the clearest indicators given in the Hebrew Scriptures for identifying the Messiah, a prophecy which both pinpoints the exact birth location of the Messiah, as well as telling us much about the charactre and power of this Anointed One. For this reason, Micah 5:2 has also been one of the most maligned prophecies in the Bible, discounted and twisted by those who choose not to see the clear fulfillment of this passage as it is found in Matthew’s Gospel. By altering the understanding of what Micah 5:2 is saying from the understanding that has been traditionally held by both Jews and Christians, opponents of the Gospel hope to cast doubt on Matthew’s claim of fulfillment of this prophecy by Jesus Christ.

ΚΑΤΑ ΛΟΥΚΑΝ 2:16 Greek NT: Westcott/Hort with Diacritics
καὶ ἦλθαν σπεύσαντες καὶ ἀνεῦραν τήν τε Μαριὰμ καὶ τὸν Ἰωσὴφ καὶ τὸ βρέφος κείμενον ἐν τῇ φάτνῃ·

Oh, you don’t read Greek.  Neither do I.  Here it is in English.  Luke 2:15-16: “15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

Bethlehem is a blessed place.  Bethlehem is where God changed the course of history. In Bethlehem He began our purification and sanctification process.  Bethlehem is where His story becomes the only story.  If only the people of Bethlehem today knew what happened in their place just a few years ago, they would literally be transformed.

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