Saturday, December 24, 2016

Fw: Behind the scenes...

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From: Rob Smith <>
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Sent: Saturday, December 24, 2016 10:51 AM
Subject: Behind the scenes...

 Luke 2:2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem...
Micah 5:2 
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming is from old, from ancient days.

Sometimes it's the small things that convince you that God has the master plan.  The prophet Micah had prophesied hundreds of years earlier that Bethlehem would be the birthplace of the Messiah.  But the specific reason that Joseph and Mary ended up in Bethlehem was at the direction of the Roman authorities.  Their motive was to get all the taxes they could from the local people.  But God always knew that this would take place.  He is the sovereign ruler over time and events and He guided even the Roman rulers to make sure His plans would be fulfilled.  
God's plan is greater than man's....and we are grateful...our plans so often have the wrong purpose.  But God can wrap us up in His greater purpose...and He will certainly complete all that He has begun.

Merry Christmas!
Rob Smith                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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