The Christmas story is set in Bethlehem. For most people that is all they know about the village. In this devotional study, we will go beyond the surface and unveil the deeper mysteries of Bethlehem. In a year that has been so tough and unpredictable, we must do all we can to ensure that we look forward to Christmas no matter what the economic outlook says. 

Let’s start the journey to Bethlehem.
"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." Micah 5:2 (NIV)

This is how the Old Testament prophet saw it and wrote it. He saw Bethlehem *“too small amongst the clans”* Prophet Micah was not being sentimental or displaying disdain for the poor village. He saw the town as being little and stated it as such. 
But was he right?

Here comes along a New Testament revelation of the same prophecy.

"But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'"  Matthew 2:6 (NIV)

You are by no means small! It is almost as if the writer of the New Testament prophecy wanted to correct a wrong impression about Bethlehem. It was an impression based on prophecy but it was inaccurate. 

Both prophets were reading from the same source. The same Holy Spirit inspired both prophecies, yet one saw a small village, the other saw a village that was by no means small.

Have men belittled you? Have people created an impression of you? Have you been given roles that no one else will take because you have no status or dignity? Have you been defined by your failures, challenges or your mistakes? Have you been labelled – Divorcee, single mother, wayward child, dunce, barren, wasteful - They are reading the Old Testament revelation of you.

There is a New Testament revelation of you. Your new glory is coming and at its dawn, YOU ARE BY NO MEANS ORDINARY!
Merry Christmas in advance!

Bethlehem!
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