Micah 5:2 says, “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.”
Then in Matthew 2:1-7 and Luke 2:1-20, we see that Messiah was indeed born in Bethlehem.
The prophesied Messiah is Jesus. He has many names that describe Him. One in particular is really neat in light of His birthplace. He has been called, “the Bread of Life.” He is everything to us, but when I think of Him as the Bread of Life, I see Him as being the very basic and sustaining One. Bread provides us with nourishment. It satisfies hunger. What are some things that you think of when you think of bread? What about the Bread of Life?
Do you know what the meaning of “Bethlehem” is? It’s “house of bread”.
I hope you’re getting holy goosebumps. When I think of the Bread of Life being born in the House of Bread, well I am speechless. This may seem flippant, but I don’t intend it that way. God is just so cool!
Where did Mary place Jesus during His times of sleep other than her arms or Joseph’s? In a manger. A manger is a feeding trough for animals.
Get this. The Bread of Life was placed into the feeding trough in the House of Bread.
Let us draw near to this prophesied Bread of Life and feed our souls with His richness and sustaining power. Let us give thanks for God’s goodness in bestowing upon us so rich a life-giving gift in Jesus, born in a God-ordained place called “Bethlehem”.