But you, Bethlehem Ephratha, 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.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. (Luke 2:4)
Yesterday (Friday), we began our day by going to Cana in Galil7ee- the site of the first recorded miracle in John 2- where Jesus turned the water into wine. Then went to Nazareth- to the Church of the Annunciatio n(Greek Orthodox)- and saw the lone spring in the town- which is the ancient traditional place where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce Jesus' birth. We walked a half mile up and down hill to the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Anunciation- which is built over the old small village of Nazareth- and supposedly the grotto where Mary lived. Then we went to the Old Testament site of Meggido- near Mt. Carmel and the Mt. of Transfiguratio n(Mt. Tabor). Megiddo looks out over the Jezreel valley- site of many huge battles in history- and according to Rev. 16:16- the final battle of good vs evil at Armageddon (Har Megiddo).
Today we will go to Bethlehem- and to the sites around Mt. Zion both Davidic sites. David's home town was Bethlehem- about 30 minutes drive from Jerusalem. He was a shepherd whose line gave birth to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. David was admittedly a sinner, but he was noted for repenting for his sins. Without him the ancient kingdom of Israel- and probably the current country- would not exist. God used him very powerfully- and he kept turning back to God when he strayed away. So we should keep turning back to God, and never give up on Him.