Christmas Lessons Part One

Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem

As we turned into Bethlehem, we had to go through a Palestinian checkpoint. Our Jewish tour guide had to pretend to be on the tour and make room for a Christian Arab to lead us through the city, since Jews are no longer allowed into Bethlehem.

How sad. Bethlehem was founded by the Israelites. In recent centuries, Bethlehem was about 80% Christian, but now it has dwindled to a mere 10% now that the Palestinians control the area.

Our new tour guide took us into the Church of the Nativity which was built centuries ago over the birth place of Jesus. Jesus was born in the cave below.

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As we descended into the cave, our guide explained to us that in the section of the cave he was taking us to, archeologists had found the bones of many small children. It appears that the boys two years and younger that were slaughtered by king Herod had been buried in the very place where Jesus was born, evidence that Satan threw a tantrum when our deliverer was born.

Down through history we see Satan throwing tantrums through someone whenever God brings victory. We see it in the story of Moses. Pharaoh kills all the boys two and under at his birth. Satan knew a deliverer had been born.

Satan threw a tantrum through Hitler when he knew he was losing his grip on the dispersion of the children of Israel. God was calling them back to their land.

Why am I bringing this up? Often we see heartbreak before we see victory, so don’t lose heart in your quest for a child. God is still in control.

A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

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