“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.” (Micah 5:2, NIV 1978)
My Musings – Why choose Abram, David, or Joseph and Mary? Why not someone like Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar? Why Israel and Bethlehem? Why not Jerusalem or Rome? People and places that are already famous or prominent tend to have “glory” all their own. The star of Bethlehem might tend to shine on them instead of the one that it guided the Wise Men to. After all, Herod had no intention of sharing his glory.
Bethlehem, a back water village. A scarce six and one half miles from Jerusalem. Welcoming a carpenter and his wife, travelers from another back water village nearly one hundred miles to the north. People and places of little note that would usher in the most significant change in human history since the creation of the world.
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above Thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight
For Christ is born of Mary
And, gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O Holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born in us today.
Why do we still love songs like this today? Because they are songs of hope. Yes, as hopeless as things may seem, hope that was born in Bethlehem are still “met in thee” today.
My Advice – Let Christ “cast out [your] sin and enter in, be born in [Him] today.”
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