Archive for March 10th, 2018

I love it when we hear prophetic words that are so accurate that nobody can deny they’re the supernatural word of God. In the not so distant past, I’ve had a couple of things given to me by people who really didn’t know me at all, but who seemed to have the inside line on some pretty important things that were going on in my life. They’re the kind of words that make you stop in your tracks and look to see what God is doing. No doubt we’ll read the story of Jesus and the woman at the well in a few days’ time and there is a perfect case in point. Jesus spoke prophetically into the life of a woman He’d never met and her life was changed for the better.

Today’s passage isn’t really any different, although you have to look back to the Old Testament to see where it came from and how accurate the prophecy was. Micah 5:2 says,

“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.”

So back in Micah’s time, we knew that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, but the wonderful thing about it is that when you get to know the story of how that came about, you see that God had to move heaven and earth to make it happen that way. All through the Old Testament, we see that the line Jesus was born into was protected and guarded (Matthew 1 and Luke 3 very helpfully record all the names of His forefathers to show this) and Joseph, himself of David’s line, had to be called to Bethlehem in time for the birth. So we’re told that Caesar Augustus called for a census to be taken which required Joseph and his family to be there. We could put it all down to coincidence, but when you consider that there are hundreds of prophecies in the Old Testament concerning Jesus, the notion that it’s all coincidence becomes a bit far-fetched.

The great power in this particular part of the story of Jesus is in the fact that God said He was going to do this and here we read that He did it. Just as He said He would. It’s fairly safe to say that we can trust what He says.
















Father God, help me to trust in what You say to me. Help me to hear Your voice and to have the strength to stand on Your unbreakable promises. Amen.

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