“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
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie…
One of the beautiful Christmas hymns we sing this time of year got me thinking about the promise of Bethlehem. In the book of Micah, that prophet foretold centuries prior to the birth of the Messiah that he would be born in little, insignificant Bethlehem.
Bethlehem literally means “house of bread”. That the Messiah, the bread of life, would be born in Bethlehem is significant. Bread was the symbol of life. Bread was the cornerstone of many diets, especially the lowly barley cake that provided food for the poor. The Messiah was the hope for the poor, the bread that sustains life both physically and spiritually.
So, when you hear or sing that pretty little Christmas hymn, remember that it was the birthplace of the “Bread of Life”.
Prayer: What a wonderful plan to have that little town the birthplace of a King, Amen