Words from the Heart for Saturday December 8th, 2018
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.
Micah 5:2 (NLT)
But You O Bethlehem
Many details of the coming of the Saviour were told by the Spirit to the prophets hundred of years before they came to pass. The small village of Bethlehem was an unlikely place for a ruler to be born. Yes, David had come from there. But, is was so insignificant in the time when Jesus came. But, it happened just like the Lord said!
According to the website touropia, the quaintest town in Canada is Niagara-on-the Lake Ontario. Quaint colonial buildings; Niagara Falls – there’s a reason why Niagara-on-the-Lake is nicknamed ‘The Loveliest Town in Canada’. Known from the late 18th century as Butlersburg, then as West Niagara, it was a haven for pro-Loyalists fleeing the United States in the wake of the American Revolution. From April to November the town puts on the Shaw Festival, a theatrical event featuring plays from George Bernard Shaw, amongst others.
Throughout history God has carefully chosen to use those who are not important in the eyes of the world to bring about His perfect plan for the redemption of the world. He chose a people who were mostly nomadic shepherds, an entire tribe that was of no particular importance in the eyes of the world. And through them He would provide the Saviour of the world. So it shouldn’t be surprising that when Jesus was to be born, God chose one of the smallest villages in Israel – Bethlehem. The prophet Micah, centuries before Jesus was born, looked ahead and wrote in Micah 5:2: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.” God had chosen this small village as the entry place into the world for the Promised One. He continually honours those least in the sight of the world to introduce His Kingdom. He continues to do so. It is the heart of His Kingdom. How has God used you recently for His Glory?
These have been words from the heart.