I’m going to say something that will change the way you look at Christmas forever — right here in the middle of June. Tradition has taught us that Jesus was born inside a stable with filthy, smelly animals. But that’s not what the Bible teaches. Our idea of the stable as the birthplace of Christ probably comes from Luke 2:7, which tells us Jesus was laid in a manger because there was no room for Him in the inn.
The exact location of Jesus’ birth can be found in the Old Testament. Micah 5:2 explains that Christ would be born in Bethlehem Ephratah, and Micah 4:8 describes Christ’s birthplace as the “tower of the flock.”
The tower of the flock was not a stable, but a cave or watchtower just outside of Jerusalem which guarded the flocks used for Temple sacrifices. Inside the tower of the flock, specially-trained shepherds cared for the sacrificial lambs born there. They made sure that the area was kept clean and that the lambs had no injuries or blemishes according to ceremonial standards. If Micah 4:8 is true — and I know it is — then this had to be the place where Christ, the Lamb of God, was born. This is no coincidence.
What does the accurate foretelling of Christ’s birthplace in Scripture mean for you and me today? It reminds us that every page in Scripture seamlessly points to Jesus Christ. In the same way, God uses everything in our lives to point us to Christ. He takes seemingly insignificant details like the place of our birth, our place of schooling, our teachers, and even the kids we grew up with for this purpose. Each detail of our existence has a place in God’s plan.
God made no mistakes as He planned your life. Show the world that you believe He is in control of every detail.
* For more information, visit http://bible-truth.org/BirthPlaceofJesus.html#3.
Knowing that I am not the one in control gives great encouragement. Knowing the One who is in control is everything. — Alexander Michael
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder