I love to remind myself every year since I understood this prophecy about 3 years ago. So, here it is.
The Lord of creation was prophesied to be born a human baby in Bethlehem.
Bethlehem was a poor village in the area of the tribe of Judah. It was the village that Ruth returned to with her mother-in-law, Naomi. And Ruth, the Moabite (Gentile) married the Jewish man, Boaz and she was included in the genealogy of Messiah. It was the village that young David was from, the boy who killed the giant Goliath and later became King of Israel. They were all in the family line of David, that led to the birth of Messiah. (Christ). And they were all from the small humble poor village of Bethlehem.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Being small among the clans of Judah, Out of you one will come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
(Micah 5:2 WEB)
Jesus was born in Bethlehem. His family had to go there when his birth was near due to a decree from Rome that a census must be taken for taxation purposes; everyone had to go back to their family’s genealogical home. Joseph, Mary’s husband was genealogically from the house of King David. Remember, King David was also from Bethlehem so Joseph and Mary, also of the House of David and Joseph’s, betrothed went to Bethlehem to register.
Bethlehem, the word in Hebrew is בית לחם
The name consists of 2 words: Beth which means house and lechem which means bread.
Jesus was born in the house of bread.
“and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
(Luke 2:7 NIV)
When Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary couldn’t find a room to stay in. So they were in a stable when Jesus was born. These were usually in caves. Our Lord came to earth so humbly but God saw that he was born as prophesied in Bethlehem. And Mary laid him in a feeding trough.
The God of the creation, the Bread of Life was born in the house of bread and laid in a feeding trough.
See? God meant to show us that this was the biggest event in history. It was more important than anything else that had ever happened. God interrupted the history of mankind and actually entered that history, becoming human. It was the most humble birth you could imagine.
That’s the Christmas story.
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
(John 6:35 NIV)