Birth in Bethlehem #AtoZChallenge

This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.

Bethlehem is the setting for the central part of the Christmas story. Mary and Joseph had travelled a long way to Bethlehem from Nazareth. In those days the only ways to travel overland were to walk, to ride on a horse, donkey or mule, or to ride in a cart or a chariot. Ordinary people would not have the luxury of riding in carts or chariots. A tradition has grown up around the story of Mary and Joseph that he walked and she rode on a donkey because she was expecting a baby.

The birth of the baby Jesus happened in Bethlehem. Thirty generations earlier (if I have counted correctly!) another baby had been born in Bethlehem. Obed was the son of Ruth and Boaz. He became the grandfather of King David. Ruth 4:13-22 Bethlehem was known as the City of David. There were twenty eight generations between David and Jesus.
Matthew 1:5-17

Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem fulfilled Old Testament prophecies. The prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah were two of the prophets who prophesied about Jesus. Micah predicted that he would come from Bethlehem. Micah 5:2

The reason for their journey to Bethlehem was that Joseph had to register there for a census. The reason behind the census was the collection of taxes. Even 2000 years ago taxation was usual.

O Little Town of Bethlehem is a popular carol about these topics.

While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4

24 thoughts on “Birth in Bethlehem #AtoZChallenge

  1. So great to see you this year Sue. I’ve always appreciated your posts. The donkey for Mary does have me wondering – in Uganda women walk to the hospital deliver. It is quite possible that Mary had to do that walk – hard to imagine. Thankful for the one who came to live and die for our sins.
    The Basics This story is set in Ukraine 2022.

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