Why would the savior of the world be born in a backwater town like Bethlehem?  Wouldn’t it have been better if he had been born in Jerusalem, in the most visible place possible?

Not really.

Thus says the LORD:
You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah
too small to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel;
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient times.
Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time
when she who is to give birth has borne,
and the rest of his kindred shall return
to the children of Israel.
He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock
by the strength of the LORD,
in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;
and they shall remain, for now his greatness
shall reach to the ends of the earth;
he shall be peace.

Bethlehem was perfect.  The Lord’s birth was witnessed by simple shepards.  They had no special knowledge or theological training. The wise and learned would not accept him. It was from the simple people that Jesus sought out his disciples.

It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?  Aren’t we all called to simplicity of heart?

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2 Responses to Bethlehem-Ephrathah

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    Jesus likes to give Himself to simple souls; we must make an effort to acquire this beautiful virtue of simplicity and to hold it in great esteem. We must try to keep our thoughts pure, our ideas upright and honest and our intentions holy. How simpler can it get?

  2. Nancy Novicki says:

    What perfect humility! A King! A stable!

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