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By No Means Least Among the Leaders

December 12, 2015

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By No Means Least  Among the Leaders

In this world,  most all  of us  are very unimportant  or influential  in the eyes  of this world.     The world does not look  at things  the way  the LORD does.     When we look  at nature,  we see  how God pays attention  to the very smallest details.     Look at the way plants  take in nutrients.     Their nutrients  are in the soil.     Tiny elements  enable them  to flourish.     And,  of all things,  worms  and various soil conditions  help to make the elements available  to plants.     So many tiny details  are involved.

That’s the way it was  with Jesus’ birthplace.     He wasn’t just born anywhere.     Jesus was born  where God said  He would be born  —  in Bethlehem,  the town of origin  of King David.     So,  when the wise men  were inquiring  about where the Savior was born,  the chief priests  and scribes  were able  to point  to Micah 5:2  for God’s prophecy  that was written somewhere around 742 —  687 B.C.      So,  Matthew 2:5-6 quotes the scribes’ reply  to the wise men,

They said  to him,  “In Bethlehem  of Judea;  for this is what  has been written  by the prophet:

‘And you,  Bethlehem,  land of Judah,
Are by no means least  among the leaders  of Judah;
For out of you  shall come forth  a Ruler
Who will shepherd  My people Israel.'”

Jesus is the Good Shepherd  who shepherds  God’s people.     Jesus was born  in a small town  that was deemed very unimportant  to the people.     But,  it really was important  because God chose  to have Jesus born there  —  in the town  of David’s upbringing.     King David was a man  after God’s own heart  because of his deep faith.     Jesus,  our Savior,  was a prophesied descendant  of David.

We are unimportant  in the eyes  of the world  —  but,  God loves us dearly  and saves us eternally  through faith  in Jesus.     These seemingly  little details  are of utmost importance.     God’s children are important  in God’s eyes,  no matter what their job,  ethnicity,  or financial condition.

So,  we let our lives  glorify God  in small details  —  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for thinking about us  and loving us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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