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1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Micah 5:2 KJV)

In I Chronicles 2:18 through the end of the chapter, before my very eyes, the foundation for the above prophecy found in Micah, the prophet, is laid. God has set forth the most unusual stage to bring forth His son. If we are hung up on lineage and stuck on the nobility of Jesus’ earthly ancestors we would more than likely reject Him. Caleb, the first Caleb, not the one who brought back a good report ( Numbers 13), the grandfather of that other Caleb took a wife, a concubine, Eprath, and set the sage for that little town called Bethlehem.

These were the sons of Caleb the son of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah; Shobal the father of Kirjath-jearim, Salma the father of Bethlehem, Hareph the father of Beth-gader.
(1 Chronicles 2:50-51 KJV)

The least of us, the one with the “bad” pedigree should take heart knowing that God will use the least among us to do great things for Him. The problem we have in understanding the ways of God is this: Our understanding of greatness does not line up with God’s understanding. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV)

I am reminded again a little past the halfway point on my purpose for again reading through the bible this year.

Notice the way God does things; then fall into line. Don't fight the ways of God, for who can straighten out what he has made crooked? (Ecclesiastes 7:13)

Grace and peace,

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