4 Since Joseph belonged to David’s house and family line, he went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to David’s city, called Bethlehem, in Judea. – Luke 2:4 (CEB)
Bethlehem, they place where Joseph’s family was from, and where Jesus would be born. Also known as the city of David, because King David was from here and anointed here. The name, Bet Lehem, literally translates from Hebrew to English as City of Bread, and there is archaeological evidence that the City of Bread was shipping out grain as far back as 8th or 7th century B.C. Located about 6 miles from Jerusalem, it is likely Bethlehem grew and provided the grain for the region, including the big city.
Several things strike me about the name, this City of Bread.
When we pray the Lord’s prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread”, we are asking God to provide for our basic needs, no more, no less, and we trust that The Lord will come through.
Jesus, born here, will refer to himself as, the Bread of Life (John 6: 35).
At the Last Supper, Jesus will take the bread, bless it, and give it to his disciples, saying, “take and eat, this is my body, given for you.” (Luke 22:19)
It’s Jesus’ death on the cross, as he provides this “bread”, that show us the fullness of God’s love for us, the depths of his grace, and promises us salvation.
And, and, and, we are supposed to take that next step, and become bread for the world ourselves.
So it’s not just that Bethlehem link Jesus to King David that’s important here. It’s the promise of God’s provision, from our daily bread to eternal life with The Lord.
Today’s challenge. Find someone in need, and provide for them out of God’s blessings and provisions to you.
Prayer: Lord, give us this day our daily bread, continue to provide for our basic needs, and help us to provide for others from our abundance. Amen.