Thursday, 18 December 2014

God at work in unexpected places in unsuspecting people

Reading part of Luke 2 this morning. Joseph summoned to Bethlehem by the mighty Caesar Augustus for the census-no doubt leading to greater taxation. And the inn-keeper providing a feeding trough for the one who would be the Bread of life and the Saviour of the world.

In John Stott's excellent book, Through the Bible through the year, he notes,
'Thus the emperor and the innkeeper both played their part in God's plan without knowing it. The emperor's edict brought Joseph and May to Bethlehem in fulfilment of prophecy (Mic 5.2, Matt 2.5-6). And the innkeeper, by reason of overcrowding in the town, ensured that the Saviour of the world was born appropriately not in a palace but in a stable, not in splendour but in obscurity and poverty'

'Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the incarnate deity! 
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