THE INCARNATION OF JESUS
Joseph and Mary both lived in Nazareth, a city in the northern
territory of Galilee. Bethlehem of Judea was in the southern of the
three territories in which the land was then divided.
Jesus was prophecied to be born in Bethlehem, the city of David; as
that was where David was born and reared. Micah is a prophet which
tells us three great truths, Micah 5:2:
(1) this Bethlehem was rather insignificant:". . . little among the
thousands of Judah,. . .".
(2) ". . . yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that shall be
ruler in Israel; . . ". Two pronouns are significant: "he" means
Jesus, and "me" is a reference to the Father, who is doing the speaking
thru Micah the prophet.
(3 This "he" is One "whose goings have been of old, from everlasting."
When this prophecy is completed, it will be: ". . . God was manifest in
the flesh, . . ." I Timothy 3:16.
How to get Jesus born in Bethlehem of Judea is resolved by God's
Sovereignty. One of the supreme desires of governors is always, then
as now, to get more money. Taxation of the subjects is the surest way
to accomplish this goal. Ceasar Augustus was struck with this 'greed
fever' and ordered that the then known world should be taxed, Luke 2:1.
Accordingly, Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem of Judea because of his
ancestry, Luke 2:3-4.
The Lord, thru Ceasar's 'greed fit', got Mary to the right spot for
Jesus to be born in fulfillment of Micah's prophecy. Think of how many
lives were disrupted by this taxation - - - also, think of how many
lives have been touched by the birth of Christ at the right place, and
to the right end: the salvation of our souls. Oh, how Onipotent is our
God. And to our benefit, and His Glory. DDH.
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