History has its circles

It is recorded that the patriarch Jacob’s wife Rachel died and was buried “on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”  (Gen. 35:19)

Ruth and Boaz contribute to the lineage of Jesus, and in Ruth 4:11, this locale is mentioned again:  Elimelech and Naomi are named Ephrathites, from Bethlehem.  (Ruth 1:2).

Finally, Micah prophesied (chapter 5),

Marshal your troops, O city of troops,
for a siege is laid against us.
They will strike Israel’s ruler
on the cheek with a rod.

        “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”

Traveling in Israel many moons ago, I was told by the tour guide that Bethlehem was so tiny and insignificant that they had to say “Bethlehem Ephrathah,” or “Bethlehem, in the direction of Ephrat” so people would know what they meant.

Yet the Messiah of Israel, the Prince of Peace, came from there.

The places of birth and death recorded in the scriptures are sometimes significant.  Rachel — the formerly childless one whose womb produced Joseph and Benjamin — died in the same locale where the Savior was later born as a human.


2 thoughts on “History has its circles

  1. Anne Boyd 03/20/2014 / 1:38 am

    Very inspiring to see the handiwork of God through the ages…and moving to know our Savior was born where Rachel died.


    • Brian Casey 03/20/2014 / 6:37 am

      Thank you, Anne. The post I wrote last night won’t be inspiring — it’s pretty depressing from a personal standpoint. I trust your last couple of weeks went well.


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