“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
As someone who was born and raised in an "insignificant, little town" in the middle of one of the tiniest countries of Central America, I relate very much to this verse that foretold the birthplace of Jesus. I think of the way my own hometown used to be, small and sleepy, not much ever happening. It was the place where everyone knew your name. Today, however, the town where I grew up is surprising the nation as it has become a hub of commerce and a center of communication. It has surpassed all expectations as great things continue to develop in our once subdued town.
Likewise, little Bethlehem, a small town where the expectations were low and from where nobody really thought anything good would come, became the location of the most transcendental event to ever occur on this earth. The humble town hosted the humble birth of non other than the God Incarnate! Isn't this just another example of our Great God using the ordinary to accomplish something completely extraordinary?
Bethlehem, “The House of Bread,” turned by the plan of the Most High into the House of the Bread of Life (John 6: 35). It makes perfect sense!
When no one was watching but a bunch of outcasts, the hometown of kings became the cradle of the King of Kings! What a great underdog story, just the kind that our Lord likes to write. The Ruler of All finds His earthly home within the small, the humble, and the seemingly inconsequential little town of Bethlehem.
Linking with: Whole Hearted Home and Little R and R