Posts Tagged "Bethlehem"

The Real Christmas Story (Revised & Updated)

This post was originally published on December 23, 2008.  I have updated the story a bit and thought is was worth posting again.  So, here goes, and Merry Christmas!

Every year in our family, we recount the Christmas story. Some years we do it with music, other years we read a story book, and one year the kids put on a puppet show complete with music! This year, we’re going back to the source of the story, and the source of all knowledge and wisdom, the Word of God. I thought I would share it with you.  The story itself is fairly long, but God’s story is worth the time!

Biblical passages are all footnoted.  As best I recall, all biblical passage are from the ESV.  Originally, this story was comprised only of passages directly from the Bible.  I have updated it to include some transitional statements between verses.  These are shown in italics.

The story of Christmas started a long long time ago.  In fact, the story of Christmas began with the beginning of time.

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Monday Morning Prophecy #9 – The Messiah’s Place of Birth

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Last week we looked at the miraculous virgin birth of Jesus Christ and how it had been accurately prophesied approximately 700 years before his birth. This week, let’s have a look at the location where the Bible says that the Messiah would be born.  In Micah 5:2, the Bible tells us:

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” [Micah 5:2]

Sometime roughly 700 years before Jesus’ birth, Micah prophecies that a ruler would come out of the small town of Bethlehem.  Ephrathah is the region in which the town of Bethlehem is located.  Indeed, an eternal ruler (from of old, from ancient days) would come from that small town.

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