day 6: birthplace

Micah 5:1-5; Matthew 2:1-6

“‘But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.’ Therefore He will give them up until the time When she who is in labor has borne a child. Then the remainder of His brethren Will return to the sons of Israel. And He will arise and shepherd His flock In the strength of the LORD,
In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. .” – Micah 5:2, 4a (NASB)

“and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who willshepherd my people Israel.'” – Matthew 2:4-6

once again we find the savior and salvation coming from the most unexpected place – from the place where the smallest clan of judah lived, a place almost “too little to be among the clans”, and somehow from a time before he is born.  what does this tell us about Him…about God?  that God recognizes and honors the small, the least…that this child somehow comes from or existed before he was born into the world…who else but God could?  we didn’t expect God to come from such a humble place, we didn’t expect a man to come from eternity. yet Jesus was both and was from both.

how and in what ways do we overlook God in places we don’t think much of?  how can we open up to Him in the midst of an overlooked or unexpected place?

thank you Lord that you are found in unexpected places.


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