The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 48, In Bethlehem, the City of David

Micah 5:2 Bethlehem Ephrathah,
you are small among the clans of Judah;
One will come from you
to be ruler over Israel for Me.
His origin is from antiquity,
from eternity.

Ezekiel 34:23-24 I will appoint over them a single shepherd, My servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd. I, Yahweh, will be their God, and My servant David will be a prince among them. I, Yahweh, have spoken. (HCSB)

Jesus had to be born in Bethlehem for many reasons. I addressed several of them last year in one of my Anna posts. But what I want to focus on today is that he had to be born there as David’s heir.

King David was called a man after God’s own heart because of two reasons: 1) he never worshipped an idol; and 2) he confessed his sins and kept short accounts with God.

Humanly speaking, he did really well by those standards. However, he wasn’t a good parent. He committed some grievous sins like adultery and murder, but he never allowed an idol of any sort to take God’s place. That means he never lusted after a thing or activity so much that it became an idol. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it. And when he did mess up, he agreed with God that he had messed up.

I haven’t heard of many people, before having the indwelling Spirit, who could say that.

So God honored David’s attempt at goodness and holiness, his honesty, by allowing his son to follow in not only the lineage of David, but in the city of David, the occupations of David, and the heart of David.

It had to be Bethlehem. It had to be David’s home.


I See Bethlehem

It's Bethlehem!

In the depths of your eyes,

in every ounce of your voice,

touching the corners of my soul--

Here, in your love is that tiny village.

Here, in our midst is Bethlehem.


It's Bethlehem!

Here, the eternal star ignites in your generosity,

your selfless truths grow into legends,

and futures of our possibilities reverberate.

Right now.  This place.

This is Bethlehem.


It's Bethlehem!

I ponder your qualities of love,

marvel at the measures of your mercy . . .

learned in the eyes of a Child.

There, in that Bethlehem.


It's Bethlehem!

In the life you live,

Striving to be like your example,

Striving to serve instead of be served,

In this love,

I see Bethlehem.

Here, in the eyes of a Child.

Here, in the eyes of God.

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Introduction to The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Holding Jesus

Day 3, A Sketch of Simeon

Simeon Was a Godly Man

Day 5, Simeon's Testimony

Day 6, Prophecies for the Gentiles

Day 7, Blessing to Nations

Day 8, A Holy People

Day 9, Welcoming God's Firstborn

Day 10, The Name of Simeon

Day 11, Staying Alive

Day 12, Following the Spirit

Day 13, Taking Up Jesus

Day 14, God's Slave

Day 15, True Peace

Day 16, Seeing Reality

Day 17, The Intent of the Law

Day 18, For All Peoples

Day 19, Making Mary and Joseph Marvel

Day 20, A Blessing

Day 21, Hinting at the Rest of the Story

Day 22, Mary Will Grieve

Day 23, Making Simeon into Simeon

Day 24, Prophet to the Prophets

Day 25, A Priest Like Melchizedek

Day 26, Destined for Sacrifice

Day 27, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 1

Day 28, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 2

Day 29, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, Part 3

Day 30, Jesus as the Lamb (con.)

Day 31, Simeon as a Man of Gratitude

Day 32, Sacrificing Lambs in the Old Testament

Day 33, The Silent Lamb

Day 34, The Messiah as Light

Day 35, Jesus the Stumbling Block

Day 36, Jesus as the Rock

Day 37, The Precious Cornerstone

Day 38, The Stone in Zion

Day 39, The Cornerstone and the Gate

Day 40, The Stone of Judgment

Day 41, Into Zion First

Day 42, Restoring the Booth of David

Day 43, Forgotten Stones

Day 44, Blessed to Receive

Day 45, Crown Him with Many Crowns

Day 46, Identifying the Son of God

Day 47, The Best Storyteller Ever

Day 48, In Bethlehem, the City of David

Day 49, Born a King

Day 50, The Living Jesus

Day 51, The Mountain Tree (Part 1)

Day 52, The Mountain Tree (Part 2)

Day 53, The Root of Jesse

Day 54, David's Branch

Day 55, The Cursed Tree

Day 56, Time Fulfilled

Day 58 through 60

Day 57, Born David's King