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O Little Town of Bethlehem

Posted by: David Carroll

Micah 5:2 (NIV)

"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."

There are over three hundred specific prophecies regarding the birth, life, and manner of death of the Messiah. In order for Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, God had to put into Augustus Caesar's mind the idea to leave a census in which people had to be counted in their ancestral city even if it meant traveling and much hardship. It certainly meant that for Joseph and Mary who lived in Nazareth, a northern city of Israel, to travel to Bethlehem, a southern city.


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