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Why was Jesus born in Bethlehem?


Why wasn't he born somewhere else, such as Jerusalem, for example?

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The Roman Emperor Augustus decided that everyone should be registered for taxation by going to their family’s place of inheritance.Joseph, being a descendent of David, went to Bethlehem, the town of David.

Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

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That Bethlehem was the town of David is clear from Ruth:

Ruth 4:11...The LORD make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem...13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son....17...And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

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And Samuel:

1 Samuel 17:15 But David occasionally went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.

1 Samuel 20:6 "If your father misses me at all, then say, ‘David earnestly asked permission of me that he might run over to Bethlehem, his city, for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.’

God foretold through Micah that Jesus would be born at Bethlehem.

Micah 5:2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting."

When Herod wanted to know where the Messiah (Christ – the anointed) would be born, the priests and scribes were able to tell him the words of Micah.

Matthew 2:3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.5 So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd (feed/rule) My people Israel.’"

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Joseph had to leave Bethlehem and go into Egypt to save the child’s life.

Matthew 2:13... an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him."

14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son."

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They returned to live in Nazareth; Jesus was brought up there and was known as Jesus of Nazareth.

Matthew 2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead."21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee.23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, "He shall be called a Nazarene."

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The Jews used the fact that he came from Nazareth to deny that he was the Christ; forgetting (or not knowing) that he had been born there.

John 7:42 "Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?"

Bethlehem means the ‘house of bread’.

John 6:35 And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

John 6:50 "This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.

I hope this helps.

Glenn Smith

 
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