Luke 2:1 - In Those days, Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman World.
Our God is the "Sovereign God." He does what He please when He wants to and how He pleases to do it.
In this decree that appears to be given by order of the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus is really an order given by God through divine providence.
Prophecy of God, spoken by God in the old testament through the Prophets of old WILL be fulfilled. God in His divine wisdom, placed it on the heart of a pagan king to make this decree so that His will can be performed in the earth for all eyes to see and all hearts to receive by faith.
Scripture declares in Isaiah 7:14 - The Lord Himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call Him Immanuel (which means "God is with us").
Scripture also declares in Micah 5:2 -"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."
Before the foundation of the earth, God has made a decision in eternity that He would put on flesh and come to earth in the form of His Son Jesus Christ. He decided in eternity that He would be born in Bethlehem.
The tax order had to be given, no doubt it! Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem. It was the birthplace of the prophecy.
Divine intervention is seen throughout the entire process from eternity, the angel Gabriel visit to Mary, the Holy Spirit conception, the marriage between her and Joseph, the decree, the travel to Joseph hometown of Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
None of these things just happened. They were all planned by God, every step of the way.
Yes, God used the mouth of a pagan Emperor to make this decree, but it was God who orchestrated the entire process. Why? To fulfill God's Word spoken by the prophets of old.
Isaiah 55:11-So shall My word be which goes forth from my My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Look at God and what He did! God waited until Mary was 9 months pregnant, about to deliver and placed this desire on the heart of the Emperor so that His will can and did take place in Bethlehem concerning His Son Jesus birth.
Believe it or not, nothing happens in the world without God's knowledge and God's permission. It may appear that man is in control of the affairs of life, but to be honest, it is God who is at the "wheel" of life. We may be steering, but God is the one who is driving. We can only do what God allows us to do.
Proverbs 16:33 - The lot is cast in the lap, but it's every decision is from the Lord.
NIV- We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.
Job 23:13 - But He stands alone, and who can oppose Him? He does whatever He pleases.
Yes, the emperor made the decree, but it was at the command of God the Father, the ALL Wise, Sovereign God.
This was not Caesar Augustus decree, this was a decree issued by God through Him before the foundation of the world and was manifested by God through the mouth of this pagan king that particular day.
God can and will use any means He desires to fulfill His plans in the earth. He can use the unsaved, the unlearned, the unbeliever, or whomever He pleases to being about His plans. God used a donkey to speak! God can do anything He wants to do and there is nothing we can do but "BELIEVE" or choose not to believe. I believe God!
Today, do not try to figure God out, just "Believe" that He had our eternal destination in His mind when He made this decree.
A decree given by Divine Intervention! Good God Almighty! Look at our God! There is none like Him!
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for being a "Promise Keeper".
I love you all.
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