Luke 2:1-3, “1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city”
Have you ever had the “joy” of moving? There was a season in my life where I had to move four times in four years. This was certainly not fun. I recall the day getting home from our honeymoon, that my wife and I were blessed to be introduced, through my in-laws, to see our last apartment. The only slight dilemma was that I had just moved all of my things, prior to our honeymoon, into another apartment. This would mean more moving, but it was certainly worth it. Although it was only temporary, Mary and Joseph had to move from Nazareth to Bethlehem. However in doing so one can see how God moves one or a group of people from one place to another to accomplish His will and Divine Plan.
The prophecy was foretold by the Prophet Micah, “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 (5:2).” Obviously according to the prophecy, Christ had to be born in Bethlehem, but the only problem was that Mary and Joseph were living in Nazareth at the time. How was this prophecy to be fulfilled if Christ was in the wrong place? God would orchestrate the circumstances to assure that His Son would be born precisely in the place where the Prophet had prophesied.
Luke wrote, “And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. (Luke 2:1-3).” Perhaps you’ve read this around many times, especially recently with the Christmas season being upon us. However here are some awesome facts. In Matthew 1, the genealogy is paternal, going through Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph; and Joseph’s father, Jacob; back to David. In Luke 3, the genealogy is maternal, going through Jesus’ mother, Mary; and Mary’s father, Heli; back to David. Hence the census called by the ungodly and polytheistic Romans, caused Mary and Joseph to be forced to go to Bethlehem together, because both were from the line of King David, were Christ was to be born. The Roman IRS did not care that Mary was pregnant, and there was no other reason for Joseph to take his espoused Mary on a long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. God has an awesome way of orchestrating things to carry out His Divine Plan. If events at the dawn of the first century had progressed just ordinarily, Jesus would not have been born in Bethlehem. But God orchestrated the events of that time, and thus worked in amazing and powerful ways to make the Lord’s birth occur precisely at the right time and place, thus verifying His own prophetic Word. There are many times when perhaps like Joseph the movement that is taking place in our lives seems senseless, untimely, unpopular, and very emotional in our estimation. However Joseph and Mary followed the Lord, and walked His plan out even unknowingly. It must have been a difficult journey, but following God is not a road without bumps and unexpected turns.
Today, examine how God is moving you to accomplish his will in your life at this time. Perhaps He is moving you in such a way that is unpopular, senseless, and “untimely” in your eyes, but it is His Will.
Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil <><
MacArthur, John: God in the Manger : The Miraculous Birth of Christ. Nashville, Tenn. : W Pub. Group, 2001, S. 20