Luke 1:1-7 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the entire inhabited earth should be taxed. 2 This taxation was first made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone went to his own city to be taxed.
4 So Joseph also departed from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to the City of David which is called Bethlehem, in Judea, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be taxed with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So while they were there, the day came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in strips of cloth, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Prophet Isaiah prophesy the birth of Jesus and the Prophet Micah prophecy the birth place as Bethlehem.
Indeed we see God's divine providence in this text. NOTHING catches God by surprise!
Look at how God orchestrated the entire plan of taxation by former governor Quirinius and now thee decree by Caesar Augustus.
Just like God chose Mary and Joseph to be the parents of Jesus, he also chose and used both of these men for His purpose and His Glory to bring about the fulfillment of His promise to send forth His son through a virgin girl to be born in Bethlehem.
Quirinius and Caesar Augustus did not know it, but what they did in requiring everyone to pay taxes in their hometown was not a decision made on their own, for it was God who placed this thought in their minds to place this order upon the people.
Joseph, being from the lineage of David and from the town of Bethlehem, obeyed the decree and set out with his betrothed wife Mary with the intention of paying taxes which he owed in his hometown. Unbeknown to Him and Mary and know to God was, Bethlehem WILL BE the birthplace of their Son Jesus who is our Savior.
LOOK AT GOD!!
Jesus birth in the flesh was providentially designed by God even before the foundation of the world.
Yes, God put on flesh in the person of Jesus Christ and came to dwell among us. God Himself orchestrates all the affairs of the universe. God does and allows what He wills for He alone is GOD!
John 1:14-The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
God had promised through His prophets hundreds ago that His Son Jesus Christ would be born in the flesh of a virgin in Bethlehem and here we see the fulfillment of His spoken Word in this text.
Jesus always exited from eternity pass, but He came to earth in the flesh for the first time to the town of Bethlehem. God in the flesh.
God's Word is true. Make no mistake about it! If God said it, consider it done!
God timing and God's ways are not like ours for they are higher than man's.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Has God made you a promise? WAIT ON HIM! If He said it, you can trust Him!
Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Scripture declares this concerning the Lord our and and His ability to perform whatever He speaks in Numbers 23:19- God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He spoken, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
For unto us is born the Savior Of The World, Jesus Christ!
Thank You Lord for sending forth Your Son Jesus to die for our sins.
Silent Night, O what a Holy Night it was!
Your Servant Debra