24 Days of Advent Scripture Devotionals

Day 22 – O Little Town of 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.” – Micah 5:2 NKJV

“O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see Thee lie; above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by…”

Bethlehem may have been a quaint little village at one time but during the census of Augustus Ceasar it was probably more like a refugee camp or a hurricane relief shelter. Yet in our sentimental story-telling we have sanitized the whole town and even the stink of the animal pen where Mary had to give birth.

The shepherd-king David was from Bethlehem. That’s where his great-grandparents Boaz and Ruth lived, as did Obed his grandfather and Jesse his father. There is no other significance in this little town and that is good news.

It is good news that the highest of kings lowered himself to be born in an insignificant place, during frustrating and inconvenient times, under the suspicion and scandal of a birth out of wedlock, in poverty and weakness. “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (Isaiah 53:2-3)

The significance of Bethlehem is that we can be assured that Messiah is able to sympathize with our weakness. Oh, and did you notice that the prophecy from Micah said about the Ruler to come, that his “goings forth are from of old, from everlasting?”

Hebrews 2:14-18

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

Hebrews 4:15-16

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Please take the time to listen to and watch this video of a song called “Winter Snow” and meditate on HOW he came.

Song: Winter Snow

You could’ve come like a mighty storm
With all the strength of a hurricane
You could’ve come like a forest fire
With the power of Heaven in Your flame

But You came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

You could’ve swept in like a tidal wave
Or an ocean to ravish our hearts
You could have come through like a roaring flood
To wipe away the things we’ve scarred

But You came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

Your voice wasn’t in a bush burning
No, Your voice wasn’t in a rushing wind
It was still, it was small, it was hidden

You came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below