DIG for Thursday the 22nd of December….. where was Jesus really born…..Luke 2 v 7

To most people, included non-believers, this is a really simple answer; He was born in a stable at an inn in Bethlehem.

The answer however is not as straight forward as this.

Like many things in the church today the facts about the birth of Jesus have been twisted by religion and tradition, and the true meaning around His birth has been lost.

You will read over the next four DIGs that Jesus was not born in a stable in Bethlehem.

You will see that He was born near Bethlehem in a watch tower, and His birth is a wonderful picture of His work and ministry; His birth is a picture of Him being our perfect sacrificial lamb.

Take the time today to read my understanding of some special scriptures and then take the time to study this out for yourself; I can assure you that it will be time well spent.

What does the Word actually say about the birth of Jesus?

Matthew 2 v 1….. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

 Luke 2 v 4 to 7….. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

 Luke 2 v 11…..For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 Those three verses are all that the Gospels say about the birthplace of Jesus.

I agree that they say in Bethlehem, however the Greek could also mean on, at or near by.

Nowhere in scripture does it say that Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem.

He was not born at the inn, but that does not automatically mean that He was born in the stable at the inn; these three scriptures do not tell us where He was born.

Luke writes that He was placed in a manger.

The Greek word for manger means crib for fodder or stall; so He was placed in a container that was used to feed animals.

So it could have been a stable, but then again it could have been any building used to keep domesticated animals in.

If we are honest the scriptures at the start of the Gospels do not explicitly tell us the birth place of Jesus.

So are there any other scriptures to shed light on this?

More in the next DIG tomorrow…………………

Luke 2 v 7…..And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn

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DIG for Wednesday the 21st of December….the importance of the Word…..2 Timothy 2 v 15

Before I write the next 4 DIGs I want to remind you about the importance of the Word of God.

If we want to know something about the Lord this is where we should look.

The bible should be the first place we look for truth, indeed it should be the final arbitrator of truth.

Take for example healing; we find out the truth about healing in the Word from Isaiah 53 v 4 and 5 and 1 Peter 2 v 24 for example.

The same is true for prosperity; we find out the truth about prosperity in 2 Corinthians 8 v 9.

Indeed the Word shows us that the Lord wants us, above all things, to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2).

So if we want to learn about the birth of Jesus we should look to the Bible and not the traditions of men.

This is true if we want to find out about the birthplace of Jesus; we should look to the Word of God and not to the traditions of men.

My DIGs over the next four days will look at this very topic.

I pray that you read these DIGs with you Bible close at hand, so that you can check for yourself what I am writing.

I pray that you read these DIGs with an open heart and open mind, ready to marvel at where Jesus was born.

I pray that these DIGs bless you and I speak out over you right now that you have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the truths held within”.

2 Timothy 2 v 15…..Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth

DIG for Tuesday the 20th of December…..so who was Jesus…..Matthew 1 v 21

Any historian worth his salt will tell you that a man called Jesus was born, walked the earth and died on a cross around about two thousand years ago.

This is a historical fact, one that not many academics or theologians will dispute.

The debate should really be about who He was, not whether He lived.

To many He was just a man, to many He was a great teacher, and to others He was a liar and charlatan.

To us as born again believers He was the Son of God and the Saviour of the world.

At this time of year the church quite rightly celebrates the birth of Jesus (although this is something we should do all year to be honest).

We celebrate that He was the Son of God and given as a gift.We celebrate that He was born of a virgin, born perfect and sinless with a divine nature.

We celebrate that He was fully man, yet fully God.

We celebrate that He was born as the perfect sacrificial lamb, born to save His people from their sin (Matthew 1 v 21).

The birth of Jesus was one of the most monumental events to ever take place on the earth, an event that started His life and ministry on earth ending with His death, resurrection and ascension.

Today we need to remember that the birth of Jesus was not just a one off event, miraculous as it was, but the first in a chain of events that led to our salvation and righteousness.

That is something to give thanks for.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the birth of Jesus and thank you for His life and ministry”.

Matthew 1 v 21…..And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins