Significant Places: Bethlehem
Micah 5:2

The Upward Look
    by Max D. Hutto,

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2 NASB

About 700 years before the birth of Jesus, Micah prophesied that He would be born in the little town of Bethlehem. This relatively insignificant town was about five miles south-southwest of Jerusalem and was the birthplace of King David. In Matthew 2:6, the priests and scribes quoted Micah in determining the place where the Messiah was to be born. This great ruler, whose origin is from eternity, would be the Shepherd to lead God’s flock, His people, and bring them salvation.

Lord Jesus, as I celebrate Your birth in Bethlehem, I am reminded of Your eternal past and of Your rule and reign over my life.


  December 22, 2023   -  © Copyright 2023, Max D. Hutto.

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