Bible Commentary: “Bethlehem Ephrathah” The Days Of Christmas

December 5, 2015 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times”. (Micah 5:2)

We are counting the days until Christmas and we here at Word of Encouragement would like to spend this time together reviewing the prophecies and scriptures concerning the birthday of our King and seeing how they might apply to us today and seeing what encouragement we can receive from them.

Bethlehem (which means “House of Bread”) is a city in the “hill country” of Judah.  It was originally called Ephrath (“Fruitful”); it was also called Bethlehem Ephratah, Bethlehem-Judah, and “the city of David”.  For a place that is called small among the clans it certainly has a rich history.  Rachel, the woman that Jacob loved gives birth to Benjamin, Jacob’s 12th son there and also dies and is buried there (Genesis 35:16,19; 48:7). The valley to the east was the scene of the story of Ruth, the great grandmother of David. David is born here and is anointed king here. This little town has a rich history and lives up to its names of “fruitful” and “House of Bread” because its most famous fruit is the Bread of Life, our Lord, Jesus. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem” (Matthew 2:1).

On another day we will focus on the Magi but for now Herod lets these three men travel to Bethlehem so that they would report back to him where this king was so Herod could have Him killed. “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi” (Matthew 2:16). Now this town, which had been called “Fruitful”, is filled with death, bloodshed, weeping and mourning due to the Slaughter of the Innocents.

Child of God – do you feel small among the clans? Do you feel insignificant? Do you feel that the things that you do don’t amount to as much as the big guys? Do you ever think that it’s a waste of time to even try, so why bother? Just think that if God looks out after a small city, which in itself has no life, then how much more does He look out after us who have His life in us? God is aware of everything we do and nothing is insignificant in His sight. Remember little becomes much in the Master’s hands.

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you for the care that you have for me. You are not only aware but also involved even in the smallest detail of my life. So much that your Word says that you have all the hairs of my head counted!  Thank you Lord for your loving kindness. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you

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