Never underestimate the ability of something that seems insignificant to make an overwhelming impact. Anyone who has ever stepped on their child’s Lego block left in the floor knows the difference something small and otherwise unnoticed can make in your life. In fact it can almost seem to be a life and death situation depending on how hard you step on it! Big changes can come from small otherwise unknown sources. Think of all the people who have altered the course of world events that have come from seemingly insignificant places. What about Shawnee OK, they produced a small time actor called Brad Pitt, or Kosciusko, Miss, we can thank them for Oprah. Sam Walton, the man responsible for Walmart was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Of course you see my point if you know our passage for today. The promise made in Micha 5:2 and repeated to the Magi in Matthew 2 says that the Messiah would be born in the little town of Bethlehem.
Bethlehem was less than important. Joshua 15:20-63 lists out 115 cities that would be given to Judah, Bethlehem was so small it was not even listed. When he refers to it as being too small to be among the clans of Judah he is referring to a military term that is literally thousands, talking about the basic unit in Israel’s army, Bethlehem was not big enough to raise even the most basic of fighting forces in Israel. He adds the word Ephrathah to make sure people knew which Bethlehem he was talking about because there was another one in Zebulon, if you say, I am going to New York, no one says, which one?
This city was not important, but then again it was. God works like this, He takes what people say is the least important and does the most amazing things. It all depends on whether or not He is in it. He is the difference maker. One of my favorite things about this passage are the words, “whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Jesus’ arrival in Bethlehem had been a long time coming. His plans for this little town began when He said, “let there be light.” Think about it, who or what could stop this amazing promise? No one and nothing! There is no one who can stand against God’s Will and Word. Not even a crazy king who orders all the children in that town murdered! His promises are all Yes in the Lord in the Lord Jesus and that includes His promise this little city whose name means, “house of bread,” where the bread of lift entered our World.
God’s plans for you are no different. You are created to do the good works He planned for you before the foundation of the World just like Paul says over in, Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT) He has a job for you today. You might feel like it is unimportant and insignificant, but ask yourself, why that little town of Bethlehem was important? What did that town do? Nothing, it was important not because of something about that town but because of who was in it! The savior of the World. If you have place your faith in Jesus guess who is living in you? The same one that made that little town mean so much.
God has kept His Word, Jesus was indeed born in the town that Micah said he would be born in some 700 years before His birth. After Jesus was born, He died to give you life and a new heart with which to serve Him. When you trusted on Him, He came to make His home within you.o not forget today, that you are every bit as important as that little town because the Savior lives in you and wants to use you to change the World.