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Christmas Devotions Seven - The Messiah Will Come From Bethlehem

Read Micah 5:1-5

JUST THE FACTS:
1. What town was the prophet talking about? ( v. 2)
2. What did the prophet say about this small town? ( v. 2)
3. What would this ruler be like? ( vv. 4 - 5)

LET'S TALK:
1. What do you think it means that the ruler over Israel would be one "whose origins are from of old, from ancient times" (v. 2)
2. How has Jesus' greatness reached to the ends of the earth? Discuss.

WHY THIS MATTERS:
Christ existed long before history began. He was present at the creation of the world. Jesus will rule forever as our shepherd, giving us peace and and security as our "Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6) God chose the little town of Bethlehem to be Jesus birthplace long before he was born.

POINTS OF INTEREST:
5:2. Though Bethlehem was a small town, it had an important place in the history of God's people. Jacob buried his wife Rachel there (when it was called Ephrath, see Genesis 35:19). Ibizan, a judge of Israel, was from this town. So were Boaz, the husband of Ruth, and David who kept his father's sheep and was anointed King by Samuel. Modern Bethlehem is a small village of fewer than 10,000 people. The surrounding hillsides abound in figs, almonds, olives and grape vines. The shepherds'fields are located northeast of the town still today.