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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Why Bethlehem?

One of our mentor moms at MOPS shared a piece of trivia with us. She said that the reason God chose Bethlehem for the birthplace of His Son was more than the typical reasons we are aware of.

Did you know that the lambs raised in Bethlehem were some of the most prized lambs? These lambs were the purest of any and were raised so that the best of the best would be chosen to go to Jerusalem each year. From the best of the best of these lambs, select ones would be used as the sacrificial lamb in the temple to atone for sin.

How fitting then, for the Lamb of God to be born in Bethlehem? The One who would be sacrificed for all time as the atonement for sin born where only the 'best of the best' lambs were raised. Doesn't that make it more interesting to note that the angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds watching over their flocks (of sheep and lambs) to proclaim, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people! For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:9-11)

I went online to look for more information and found a great article at this link. It was a Christmas reminder to me that God has a plan. Even when I don't get it, when I can't see how it could work out for good, He has a plan.

Merry Christmas.

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