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Day 9 - A Ruler born in Bethlehem
Prophesied in Scripture: 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
Fulfilled in Scripture: In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:1-7
Jesus was born in Bethlehem (due to unusual circumstances), but he grew up in Nazareth, an even humbler area than "small" Bethlehem. In the world's eyes, neither place was fit for the birth or life of a king. But Jesus is not of this world. He is the son of a benevolent God, a type of god who found an animal's feeding trough to be fit enough a cradle for his only child. Our God does not see the world as we see it - prestige coming with riches and vanities - but through His eyes, his little boy needed humble beginnings to gain richness of character. May we live by Christ's example, and thank God that we can all become rich in Christ's mercies!
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