Bethlehem—A Picture of Our Own Redemption

The little town of Bethlehem didn’t begin well.

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Jacob buried his favorite wife, Rachel, on the way to Bethlehem (Genesis 35:19). The town was associated with a corrupt priest who became a mercenary for idolaters (Judges 17:8-9). Then there’s that account of a concubine who, after leaving town, was brutally raped and dismembered (Judges 19:1-30).

Bethlehem had a sordid beginning. But it is immortalized forever as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

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God transformed Bethlehem from insignificant to meaningful because Jesus was born there. The same is true of our lives.

—Wayne Stiles
Bible Teacher for Sapphire Bus 6
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